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Hydraulic Pumphouse aka The Pumphouse Tavern

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location

Pier St., Darling Harbour

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style

Victorian Italianate

construction

brick, steel tank

type

pumphouse
 
 
   
   
Before electricity, Sydney had a hydraulic pressure system which powered wool presses, wharf cranes, lifts in commercial buildings and bank vault doors. Private enterprise promoted this most useful power service which ran, hidden from view, beneath Sydney's streets. Without this useful source of power to work lifts, hoists and cranes the height of buildings in Sydney would have been restricted to the number of flights of stairs people were prepared to climb, or carry up goods.The building has a three-storey Italianate façade, with massive load-bearing brick walls. It now houses the Pumphouse Restaurant and Bar.

 

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