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The Queen Victoria Building is currently undergoing a facelift at $37.5
million , one of the features is upgrading the paintwork to victorian period colours.

This image shows "The Grand Staircase* of Sydneys Grand Queen Victoria Building, and is an example of how grand old buildings can be restored ans still be used as money making concerns, in this case a grand shopping experience

The Queen Victoria Building, now affectionately known as the QVB, was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898, replacing the original Sydney markets on the site. Built as a monument to the long reigning monarch, construction took place in dire times, as Sydney was in a severe recession. The elaborate Romanesque architecture was specially planned for the grand building so the Government could employ many out-of-work craftsmen – stonemasons, plasterers, and stained window artists – in a worthwhile project. Originally, a concert hall, coffee shops, offices, showrooms, warehouses and a wide variety of tradespeople, such as tailors, mercers, hairdressers and florists, were accommodated.

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. Every detail has been faithfully restored, including arches, pillars, balustrades and the intricate tiled floors thus maintaining the integrity of the building.
The visual message of Sydney’s coat of arms, on the cartwheel stained glass window, is that the beehive depicts business, the sailing ship – trade, and the dolphins – the harbour. Panel 1, on the left hand side, represents the Council of the City of Sydney, and symbols of architecture, while the letters I.G.B. on panel 3, on the right, represent Ipoh Gardens Berhad, the Malaysian company who restored the QVB.

The symbols are of property developers – the builders. The bottom central panel represents the heraldic symbol of a finished building and the joining of two hands denotes the fusing of two cultures. There are many interesting and charming exhibitions and attractions throughout the building, along with portraits of the Queen. There is also a letter from Queen Elizabeth II to the Citizens of Sydney to be opened and read by the Lord Mayor of Sydney in the year 2085. Outside the QVB, on Town Hall Place, facing The Town Hall are the Royal Wishing Well and Queen Victoria’s statue.

For More Information : http://www.ipoh.com.au/IPOH/QVB/me.get?site.sec...

Equipment – Nikon D300 Sigma 10-20mm lens
Technique : HDR 5 Bracketted images

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australia, building, sydney, history, architecture, victoria, stairs, buildings, queen, historic, grand, heritage, hdr, escher, preservation, philip, johnson, staircase, monochrome, black, wite

Philip Johnson is a Photographer located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Specialising in HDR photography his works have been shown in galleries,published in Tourism campaigns. His work will also be available as Jig Saws through Crown & Andrews

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Comments

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonalmost 5 years ago

    its a long way down when you lean over the bannister

  • Mary Ann Reilly
    Mary Ann Reillyalmost 5 years ago

    very cool image. i like it best in B & W. Instant fav.

  • Roseann
    Roseannalmost 5 years ago

    I love the contrast of seeing the B & W. I feel B & W is underappreciated.

  • odarkeone
    odarkeonealmost 5 years ago

    Good in B/W also

  • Sue Martin
    Sue Martinalmost 5 years ago

    Now this is exceptional… I am totally with Roseann on B/W being underappreciated… just stunning xx

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work of art! Splendid capture.

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanalmost 5 years ago

    Beautifully done. This scene lends itself to b&w so very well Phil.

  • Elucidate
    Elucidatealmost 5 years ago

    Viva Escher! Superb work.

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 5 years ago

    Wow!! …awesome again, Philip!

  • Mrswillow
    Mrswillowalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent ! Reminds me of Escher! A wonderful old building too!

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