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Sydney Arcade

architect

Thomas Rowe

location

George and King Streets

date

1882

style

Victorian Free Classical

construction

rendered brick, steel and glass

type

Shop
Following the sustained economic growth of the 1860s and 1870s came prosperity, culminating in  the building boom of the 1880s. Commercial buildings designed during this decade included retail arcades, which were designed to maximise street frontage in cities where business space was  reaching a premium. Between 1881 and 1892 six large retail arcades were developed in Sydney alone. 
Accomplished architect Thomas Rowe designed three arcades during this period - the Royal Arcade  in 1881, the Sydney Arcade in 1882, and the Imperial Arcade in 1891. He brought a European  influence to his designs creating elegant, spacious arcades with optimal retail frontage and cafes. 
Above- the George Street facade (gone).
Above- the interior
Above- the King Street facade (remaining).
 
 
Nineteenth Century images- State Library of New South Wales
Above- next door, a nineties copy.
 
  Images- ILLUSTRATED SYDNEY NEWS 1889

 

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