Monday, 8 February 2010
Did you know Sydney had a Trafalgar Square?
I've walked past this building many, many times and never noticed its name. Its probably the new paint job that made me notice.
Trafalgar Square is a good and externally well preserved example of Victorian commercial architecture. It is of historic significance as a late example of the Victorian store and commercial building, forming part of the local warehouse precinct which grew up around Darling Harbour in the latter half of the nineteenth century. It is also associated with the well known architects Sheerin and Hennessy. The building is of aesthetic significance as a well detailed Victorian building which contributes to the streetscape of the Clarence Street warehouse group.
Trafalgar Square is a refurbished former warehouse building five bays wide, which has three storeys of office accommodation above two levels of retail, the lowest partly below street level. It has timber shopfronts at the lower two levels, and a stucco facade above, with a pedimented parapet and timber box-framed windows. Internally, most of the former niches in main dividing walls have been converted to archways connecting the bays, and new plasterboard ceilings have recently been constructed, revealing details of timber beams and their stone brackets. The interior of the building has recently been fully refurbished. (Source - NSW Heritage Database)