28 October 2012

Department of Planning and Infrastructure, Sydney

View from Circular Quay railway station this week as I arrived to meet with my youngest daughter Natalie, during her lunch-break.  With almost 60 minutes up my sleeve, I went down beside the ferry-wharves to City Extra for a short coffee stop before walking to explore some.

taken from Macquarie Place park (previous post), across Bridge St is the main entrance to this beautiful sandstone building, originally known as the Dept. of Lands, and now,  N.S.W. Government Dept. of Planning and Infrastructure

taking up one whole city block, the style is claimed here as Italian Renaissance of the Venetian Type

According to sydney architecture construction began in 1876 through to 1880 for the first stage, and then from 1888 to 1893.

 balconied windows at each end, display differing carved figures on all four sides

like this one

 doorway to another street

Well, I'm walking now towards one of the entrances to the Royal Botanic Gardens, but  looking back, in view still, is the clock tower to Dept. of Planning and Infrastructure.


Phil said...

Nicely composed photographs of a smart looking city Carole. It could be a street in London with those fine looking buildings.

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful pictures Carole, well photographed.
A very nice Sunday.

I'm taking a blog break, so if you miss me, you know that I take a break.

Stewart M said...

They dont make building like that anymore!

I think I'm going to have to visit Sydney for more than work one day!!

Stewart M - Melbourne

eileeninmd said...

Carole, thanks for the tour. The buildings are lovely and I really like the harbor scene. Great shots, have a wonderful day!

bettyl said...

Oh, how I love the architecture of that building! They had such personality back then.

TexWisGirl said...

a very attractive building! love all the arches.

Andrew said...

Wonderful images Carole.. many thanks for sharing some of your history.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What a grand old building! They don't make them like that any more.
Love the harbor scene.

Jan Castle said...

Beautiful pictures Carole!

Liz said...

What a superb building! A lovely series.