Visit Queen Victoria Building Sydney
built in 1898, the Queen Victoria Building was designed by architect
George McRae to resemble a Byzantine Palace. At the time, markets were
situated on the site and the building was intended to house the different
merchants of the day.
When completed, various tenants operated from
the Queen Victoria Building included an Art Studio, Herbalists, Piano
Tuner, tea importers and a coffee palace which occupied several floors
at the Druitt St end. One of the best know tenants at the time was Singer
When the markets were moved to Haymarket in the early 1900's, the building
underwent many changes, losing much of the original beauty. Locally
called "The Jewel In The Crown Of Sydney" the building was
almost demolished and her beauty lost. Fortunately, the Sydney City
Council and Ipoh Garden Berhad agreed on terms of a 99 year lease and
the company has committed many millions of dollars into restoring the
Queen Victoria Building to it's former glory.
Today, one can spend literally hours admiring the beauty and charm
of both the exterior and interior, with ornate domes, huge clocks, majestic
statues, arches, balustrades, cupolas and intricate lead light windows.
The Queen Victoria Building is a photographers delight with so much
detail built into the design. The two clocks are really a tourist attraction
in themselves. One, called The Great Australian Clock which weighs 4
tonnes, depicts different Australian history scenes and pastimes and
is located in the Market St portion of the building.
Royal Clock is certainly unique in design and was built to resemble
Balmoral Castle in England by the Queen's clock maker.
Each hour is
heralded in by trumpeters, the clock strikes and a figurine show begins,
telling stories depicting the life of English Monarchs, including the
signing of the Magna Carta and the execution of King Charles the First
in 1649, who was beheaded after being found guilty of treason.
Housing some of the most fashionable stores, first class restaurants
and boutique shops of Sydney, visit the Queen Victoria Building while
your in town and delight in the buildings unique architecture and ornate
The Queen Victoria Building occupies an entire city block between Market
and Druitt Streets bound by George and York Streets. Just across the
road are other fabulous photo opportunities, the oldest cathedral in
Andrews Cathedral and the equally historic Sydney Town Hall building.