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Garden Palace

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Identification

Garden Palace
138507

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Structure in General

building with towers
demolished [destroyed]
neo-classicism

Facts

  • Early on the morning of September 22, 1882 the complex was completely destroyed by a 6-hour fire. All that remains from the palace are the steel gates which can be seen on Macquairie Street.
  • The cruciform shaped structure had halls that stretched 244m x 152m long. At the end of the halls were stone towers 36m high for observation.
  • Builder John Young built the massive structure in only 8 months out of Oregon timber shipped from America. 1500 men worked around the clock (3 shifts), using powerful arc lights at night.
  • The 31 meter diameter dome was the world's 6th largest.
  • Architect James Barnet prepared plans for the building to hold an International Exhibition.
  • The northern tower housed Australia's first hydraulic passenger lift.
  • With its massive dome this was the tallest building in Sydney when completed, surpassing the 57 meter Town Hall clock tower built 4 years earlier.

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Location

Macquarie Street
2000
City of Sydney
Sydney
New South Wales
Australia

Technical Data

209.97 ft
209.97 ft
98.43 ft
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1
1879
1882
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