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General Post Office

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Identification

General Post Office
GPO Building
196868

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Structure in General

building with towers
existing [completed]
neo-classicism

Facts

  • When completed in 1887, the monumental clock tower was Sydney's tallest structure. It wasnt eclipsed until 1939 when the mast of AWA was erected.
  • In fear of being a Japanese bombing target, the tower was dismantled in 1942 and rebuilt in 1964 in time for Anzac Day celebrations.
  • James Barnet's largest work, it measures 107m in length.
  • The top of the tower once had an observation platform with views of the growing metropolis. The platform was 56m above ground and accessed by spiral staircase.
  • The building is adorned with panels which depict 'Literature and the Press', 'Telegraph', 'Agriculture', 'Commerce and Mining', 'Science', 'Banking and the Post Office', 'Art', the 'Professions' and 'Pastoral Pursuits'.

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Location

1 Martin Place
1 Martin Place
2000
GPO Centre
City of Sydney
Sydney
New South Wales
Australia

Technical Data

262.47 ft
239.50 ft
196.85 ft
5
1866
1892

Involved Companies

James Barnet

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