Queen Victoria Building

The Queen Victoria Building, affectionately known to locals as the QVB, is Sydney’s most fabulous and exclusive shopping mall.  It was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898, to replace the original Sydney markets on the site. When you walk through the doors today and see how beautiful this building is, you won't believe horses once trotted through here. Among its first occupants were a concert hall, coffee shops, offices, showrooms, warehouses and a wide variety of tradespeople, such as tailors, mercers, hairdressers and florists. Through the decades, the concert hall become the city library, offices proliferate and more tenants move in, including piano tuners, palmists and clairvoyants. Drastic 'remodelling' occurred during the austere 1930s and the main occupant was the Sydney City Council. As recently as 1959 the Queen Victoria Building was threatened with demolition. Standing now in all its glory, it is testimony to the original vision for the building and the superb craftsmanship of the artisans who put it all back together again. 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. All the details including arches, pillars, balustrades and the intricate tiled floors, have been faithfully restored, in order to maintain the integrity of the building. At the present, QVB is a Mecca for shoppers, with over 190 shops and boutiques. A visit there is the perfect combination of shopping, leisure, and architectural history. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a Guided Tour at the Queen Victoria Building - only one of the attractions included in the Sydney Unlimited Attractions Pass Purchase yours today and get to see the most of Sydney!    

January 12, 2014 by Nic @ iVenture Card

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