Friday, 22 June 2007

Architectural hodge-podge

Corner Foster Lane and Elizabeth Sts, Sydney. The c.1930s cream building on the right, the c.1930s red brick, and the Victorian (1880s-1909ish?) Edwards & Co building are all apartment conversions. There is an ultra-modern apartment building behind the red brick. Edwards & Co has a grey, curved extension - see photo below). The boring blank brick wall is the back of something in the lane.
This photo illustrates the conversions and gentrification taking place in the former warehouse and garment factory district of Surry Hills, right on the fringe of the Central Business District.
Taken lunchtime yesterday. After a brief spell of sunshine, the grey skies of the past 2 weeks returned. The good news is that Sydney's main dam, which was down to about 32% capacity, is now at 50%, with more to come from runoff.

By the way, The Illustrated Man is a tattoo shop which featured in an earlier post - click here.


  1. The same thing seems to be happening in so many big cities...people wanting to move back into more down-at-heel inner city areas. Usually they are the New Money people.

  2. Sally, thank you so much for the comment you left on my blog...we can't do it on our own though! This is something I feel so passionat about, as you obviously do too, as do many other good people, and it's always been, for me,NOT KNOWING what to do. I feel so bloody useless! As you say, the whole bloody thing will be hijacked!Yes, I saw 7.30 Report and the interview with Alexia Wright, am in the ' on reserve' queue for "Carpentaria" at the library, and have just put in a request for "Grog Wars"

  3. great photo! I'm a fan of old architect builds. Your photo captures many well.

  4. Comme slinger, j'aime ces vieilles architecture, avec cette superbe enseigne. je te souhaite un bon weekend

    Like slinger, I like these old structures, with this superb sign. I wish you a good weekend

  5. I hope people move back to the inner cities. It leaves us out at the edges more alone. Old buildings have been turned into some amazing apartments.

    I like your photography.

    I am back from my self-imposed vacation.

    Abraham Lincoln
    Brookville Daily Photo

  6. Fantastic building and photo.

  7. i always wonder how people would want to go through the pain to get a tattoo. hmmm