Queen Victoria Building

George McRae


Bounded by George, Market, York and Druitt Streets

Sydney, Australia

"The Queen Victoria Building . . . [replaced] the original Sydney markets on the site. Built as a monument to the long reigning monarch, construction took place in dire times, as Sydney was in a severe recession. The elaborate Romanesque architecture was specially planned for the grand building so the Government could employ many out-of-work craftsmen — stonemasons, plasterers, and stained window artists — in a worthwhile project. Originally, a concert hall, coffee shops, offices, showrooms, warehouses and a wide variety of tradespeople, such as tailors, mercers, hairdressers and florists, were accommodated." — www.qvb.com.au

Other views

  • Iron and glass roof
  • Second story and atrium
  • Photograph 2002 George P. Landow.

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