Demolishing Hoffnung’s building, Pitt Street, Sydney, Ernie Bowen, 1939. State Library of NSW: hood_19948.
This summer the Museum of Sydney will host Demolished Sydney, an exhibition exploring the buildings that once shaped the city’s skyline, from the convict built Commissariat Stores to the city's last island of industry, the Kent Brewery.
The exhibition examines the histories of 13 sites and asks, what are the forces that have shaped our changing city and how do we value and preserve the heritage of the city we inherit?
Like its counterparts across the world, Sydney has been in a constant state of building, unbuilding and rebuilding as it has grown into the metropolis of today. The mix of Georgian, Victorian, Art Deco and modernist buildings that have formed the character of Sydney also tell the story of its changing fortunes, attitudes and needs. Demolished Sydney reveals this process of urban evolution through key buildings that have been demolished and replaced. Through fragments salvaged from theatres, hotels and office blocks, alongside stunning photography, artworks and film, Demolished Sydney brings back to life the heritage of a Sydney that is gone but not forgotten.
10:00 to 17:00 (Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day)
Museum of Sydney Cafe
Modern Australian cuisine set in the historical backdrop of the Museum of Sydney in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.
Mon, Tue, Wed 7am to 9pm
Thu, Fri 7am to 9.30pm
Sat, Sun 8.30am to 5pm
28 Oct – 4 Dec
17 oct - 9 sept
4 nov - 20 nov
29 Sep-23 Nov
8 Oct - 27 Nov
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