travel south pacific australia new south wales sydney architecture department of lands

ARCHITECT: JAMES BARNET with components by WALTER LIBERTY VERNON, WILLIAM EDMUND KEMP (1876-1892)

Sydney's Department of Lands building was built in the Victorian Renaissance Revival architectural style between 1876 and 1892.
The warm exterior utilizes dressed Pyrmont sandstone and features a copper dome and tower tops. Each facade has twelve niches with sculpted figures representing explorers and legislators.
After rejection of Barnet's selection for figures to be represented, only 24 were commissioned leaving 24 niches empty. Like several other historical government buildings, it is located on Bridge Street in the central downtown area.
This state building was initially occupied by the New South Wales Department of Lands.
The building is now on the New South Wales State Heritage Register.

To me, even with a mixture of period architecture, this building had a warm, solid, elegance.

LINK TO WEBSITE ON SYDNEY'S DEPARTMENT OF LANDS BUILDING

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Sydney Department of Lands Building, 22-33 Bridge Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2018.



Bridge Street entrance, Sydney Department of Lands Building, 22-33 Bridge Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2018.



Detail of six of the 48 statue niches, Sydney Department of Lands Building, 22-33 Bridge Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2018.





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