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Sydney's Martin Place

Sydney's Martin Place


A cultural and design history

The history of one of Australia's most iconic urban precincts, from bustling colonial thoroughfare to imposing address for global corporations and gathering place for civic events.

Martin Place is one of Sydney's iconic urban places. Since the 1890s it has fulfilled a vital role as a significant public space at the centre of Australia's most populous city; in the heart of the central business district, its powerful corporate presence now defines a globally connected city.

It is a place of varied moods and attributes: vista and fine relief, boldness and intimacy, new and old, repose and dynamism. From the beginning, its physical form has framed a people place, the character of which is ever-changing through everyday use and activity as well as moments of commemoration, celebration and protest.

This collection captures Martin Place from all angles-its architectural and social history, its changing landscape, and its various economic and cultural functions-along with the people and organisations that have made it their own.

'This book describes the history of the creation and evolution of Martin Place as a vital part of our civic life - in times of war, at times of celebration and as a heart of our city's banking and finance industry. The ever-unfolding changes to the fabric of Martin Place and the imposing and stately buildings that flank it are a testament to how our constantly changing city is ever-evolving to adapt to and to grasp the potential of an ever-changing future.' - Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO
Introduction Judith O'Callaghan, Paul Hogben and Robert Freestone
1. The Beginnings: James Barnet and the General Post Office Peter Kohane and Mark Stiles
2. A 'Monument to Civic Foresight': Extending Martin Place, 1923-35 Robert Freestone
3. Martin Place: Heart of Patriotism Charles Pickett
4. Portraits of a Place: Visual Responses Shirley Daborn
5. Corridor of Power: The Prestige and Promise of Insurance and Banking Architecture Michael Bogle
6. Temples of Commerce: Banking and Insurance Chambers Sing D'Arcy
7. The 'Gold and Marble Palace': The Reserve Bank of Australia Russell Rodrigo
8. A Central Player: The Corporate Presence of the MLC Paola Favaro and Harry Margalit
9. A Sydney Social Hub: The Australia Hotel and the Commercial Travellers' Association of NSW Paul Hogben
10. The 'Taj Mahal' of the Eastern Suburbs Line: Martin Place Railway Station Judith O'Callaghan
11. Action Architecture: The Pedestrianisation of Martin Place, 1968-79 Maryam Gusheh
12. Animating Public Space: Designs for Civic Life Katrina Simon
13. From Commemoration to Protest: Sydney's Civic Heart Dijana Alic
14. Making New: Heritage Conservation and Contemporary Expression Catherine Lassen
Edited by Judith O'Callaghan, Paul Hogben and Robert Freestone
Published December 2016
288 pages
270mm x 215mm
ISBN 9781760293628

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