Most people know that Melbourne has a wonderful landmark called The Royal Exhibition Building, not many know that Sydney had a similar building. Sydney is built on beautiful Sydney sandstone but unfortunately they decided to build it of timber !
The Garden Palace was a large purpose-built exhibition building constructed to house the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879. It was designed by James Barnet and was constructed at a cost of 191,800 Pounds in only eight months – largely due to the special importation from England of electric lighting which enabled work to be carried out around-the-clock.
Visually similar in many respects to the later Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, the Sydney building consisted of three turreted wings meeting beneath a central dome. The building was sited at what is today the southwestern end of the Royal Botanical Gardens (although at the time it was built it occupied land that was outside the Gardens), and was of primarily timber construction – a fact that was to assure its complete destruction when engulfed by fire in the early morning of September 22, 1882.
The only extant remains of the Garden Palace are its carved sandstone gateposts and wrought iron gates, located on the Macquarie Street entrance to the Royal Botanical Gardens
Equipment: Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20 lens
Technique: HDR 5 Bracketted Images, Processed with Photomatix 3.26