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Hotel Australia

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Identification

Hotel Australia
190800

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Structure in General

high-rise building
demolished [destroyed]
masonry
chicago school

Usages

hotel

Facts

  • Australia's tallest hotel from 1891-1913.
  • Although Melbourne's APA Building had a higher roof, the Hotel Australia was highest in Australia to its structural top, which included its monumental dome.
  • After 2 years of construction it opened on July 11, 1891.
  • Height to arc light spire was 66m above ground.
  • Its construction featured the finest colonial cedar & ornate staircases from Sicily & Belgium.
  • Australia's tallest building on completion.
  • A money loser during the 1950's and 60's the hotel closed on June 30, 1971.
  • A 12-storey wing fronting Martin Place was constructed in 1938 adding 300 rooms.
  • In 1921-22 three floors were added to the roof following the removal of the graceful dome.
  • The hotel's first guest was actress Sarah Bernhardt and over the years the “Who’s Who” of the entertainment world stayed there, and included: Mark Twain, Laurence Olivier, Katherine Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Taylor, Charlton Heston and Vincent Price.
  • A marathon auction, the biggest ever in Australia, saw the disposal of the hotel's silverware, cutlery, glassware, linen, tables, 1000 chairs, chandeliers, paintings, statues, carpets, ashtrays, curtains, cabinets, doors and a baby grand piano.

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Location

65 Castlereagh Street
65 Castlereagh Street
2000
City of Sydney
Sydney
New South Wales
Australia

Technical Data

216.54 ft
182.09 ft
127.95 ft
8
1889
1891
1971
2
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