Don’t clap too hard – it’s a very old building. – John Osborne

 

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The Queen Victoria Building, now affectionately known as the QVB, was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898, replacing 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. (reference: http://www.qvb.com.au/about-qvb)

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20 comments on “Don’t clap too hard – it’s a very old building. – John Osborne

  1. Wow. Beautiful pictures. The details are incredible. Makes you wonder how they were really able to do that back then. Very nice. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Pingback: More Angles to this Building – Queen Victoria Building Part 2 | Talking Experience

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