Sydney Architecture Images- Central Business District

City Mutual Life Building

architect

Emil Sodersten sculptur Rayner Hoff

location

60-66 Hunter Street

date

1934-36

style

Inter-War Art Deco

construction

61 m 200 ft 

type

Office Building
   images- State Library of New South Wales
 
 
 
   
  Above image copyright Simon Fieldhouse
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
site- cnr bligh/hunter streets 1870's Old Colonial Mutual.
List: Register of the National Estate
Class: Historic
Legal Status: Registered (21/03/1978)
Place ID: 1814
Place File No: 1/12/036/0027
Statement of Significance:
Probably best example of 1930s modern architecture in central Sydney.

Description:
Steel frame stone clad twelve storey building with continuous vertical bands of zigzag metal framed bay windows. Corner tower takes the spiked motif to the skyline. Contrasting stone cladding on the two lowest floors. Black marble entrance porch supporting bronze sculptures. Interior has important two storey business chamber decorated with fine original fittings in bronze and terrazzo. Well planned, wide corridors. One of the first air conditioned city buildings.
Condition and Integrity:
Excellent condition.
Location:
Corner Hunter and Bligh Streets, 60-66 Hunter Street and 10 Bligh Street, Sydney.
Bibliography:
ART IN AUSTRALIA VOL.9 NO.4 MARCH 1972 THOMAS, DANIEL:ART DECO IN
AUSTRALIA.

 

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