Don't Wait For Me

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Taken in the QVB, Sydney.

The Queen Victoria Building, now affectionately known as the QVB, was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898, replacing the original Sydney markets on the site. Built as a monument to the long reigning monarch, construction took place in dire times, as Sydney was in a severe recession.

The elaborate Romanesque architecture was specially planned for the grand building so the Government could employ many out-of-work craftsmen – stonemasons, plasterers, and stained window artists – in a worthwhile project. Originally, a concert hall, coffee shops, offices, showrooms, warehouses and a wide variety of tradespeople, such as tailors, mercers, hairdressers and florists, were accommodated.

The QVB fills an entire city block bound by George, Market, York and Druitt Streets. The dominant feature is the mighty centre dome, consisting of an inner glass dome and an exterior copper- sheathed dome. Glorious stained glass windows and splendid architecture endure throughout the building and an original 19th century staircase sits alongside the dome.

6 responses

  • David McKenzie

    David McKenzie gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Great photo. At first, I questioned whether this fit the Economics theme; but your explanation made that more clear. Thanks for including that!

  • Chocolat

    Chocolat said (2 Mar 2010):

    yeah the history is amazing on this place! i felt it would fit because of that and thank you.

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols   said (2 Mar 2010):

    Reminds me a bit of an M.C. Escher work. Love the way you've captured the detail and beauty. Nice work!

  • fred hartman

    fred hartman   said (3 Mar 2010):

    It seems ironic (to me) no one seems to think rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure might help the unemployment picture here. What else have you got from your QVB?

  • Philip James Filia

    Philip James Filia gave props (5 Mar 2010):

    I like it....well framed.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (7 Mar 2010):

    Amazing image. Works well in b/w. Voted!

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