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Paddington Town Hall

architect

The New South Wales Colonial Architect’s Office under James Barnet

location

249 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021

date

1891

style

Victorian Italianate Victorian Free Classical

construction

rendered brick wedding cake

type

Government
 
Paddington Town Hall was built in the late 1800s at a cost of £15,000. It opened in 1891 and still stands as a hugely impressive example of European architecture in Sydney. Its clocktower stands at 32 metres high, and sitting as it does on the ridge of Oxford Street, dominates the Paddington skyline. The hall now houses radio studios, a cinema, a local library and is a venue for private functions.
Juniper Hall was built by Robert Cooper, an ex-convict, in the 1820s and is the oldest house in Paddington. It is a huge, dominating structure which lies diagonally opposite the Paddington Town Hall. It has undergone significant restoration and was owned for some time by the National Trust as a Heritage House. Today it is leased privately and is not open to the public, but can still be seen from Oxford Street.

 

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