Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Paddington Reservoir Gardens

From the City of Sydney website:

"The restored Paddington Reservoir Gardens was officially opened by Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP on 29 March 2009.

The park on the reservoir roof has been completely reconstructed and a new sunken garden has been established in the reservoir's western chamber.

Designed by the City Engineer, Edward Bell, the Paddington Reservoir was built between 1866 and 1878 and was a key element in Sydney’s early water supply.

The reservoir served Sydney well until it was finally decommissioned in 1899. It then became a garage and workshop for the Metropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Board, and later a service station, until it was acquired by the Paddington Municipal Council for much-needed open space. Then from 1934, the lower level was leased as a commercial garage.

And that was how it remained until 1991, when sections of the roof collapsed and the reserve was closed to the public.

Paddington Reservoir Gardens has already been described as a combination of the Baths of Caracalla and The Hanging Gardens of Babylon."


  1. Sydney's serious Sally saw several sunken species!

  2. This is a remarkable way to rehabilitate spaces. I like what I can see in your photos.

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  3. Saw that from the bus a while back and wondered what it was. Must take a look next time I'm up that way.