Sydney Architecture Images- Central Business District

Civic Hotel (Tooths)


Prevost and Associates


386-388 Pitt Street, Sydney


c. 1940


Inter-War Art Deco




The former Civic Hotel on the corner of Pitt and Goulburn Sts in the Sydney CBD was one of the last 'untouched' deco period hotels in Australia. In a past incarnation it was well known as a run down band venue, but the hotel lay derelict for nearly ten years until purchased and completely renovated by the Malaysian based IPOH company in late 1998.

As part of the renovations the original spacious deco main bar and beautiful exterior facade have been meticulously restored and a very cool, ultra modern restaurant and function terrace have been created upstairs. The basement area, which was wasted storage and cellar space has been redeveloped into a multi purpose entertainment area that can cater to up to 300 people at a time.

Situated in the legal and stockbroking precinct of Sydney, Civic has rapidly become a popular watering hole with the business people working nearby and it's up market restaurant has achieved both popularity and critical acclaim. Civic is also poised to reap the benefit of a large number of high rise, high density apartment blocks currently being constructed in its immediate vicinity.

Civic is operated by Mr James Kospetas under the auspices of his family company Universal Catering Pty Ltd.