25 August 2009 Story: MiSociety Photos: Bill Ranken & MiSociety
Queen Victoria Building – the old girl is looking better than ever.
The Queen Victoria Building Sydney’s largest, most loved, historic shopping destination has had a $48 million overhaul and Sydney’s leaders, retailers, media and the social set all came to celebrate.
The ‘Verve’ flowed, swinging jazz filled the air, the QVB Tea Rooms dispersed mountains of great food and our lady Lord Mayor took the podium. All quite different we imagined to the building’s original opening when the ladies would have had to hold their skirts and mind their bustles. (see pic)
The QVB, owned by the retail arm of the Singapore government-owned GIC Real Estate, Ipoh, now has new escalators connecting ground, first and second levels as well as new signage, shop fronts, glazed balustrades plus a new heritage-appropriate colour scheme.
The historical photos of the Queen Vic are a treat but does anyone know how the building’s original statue of Queen Victoria ended up abandoned (at one stage) in a yard in Dublin?
Next time you are in the city spend an hour or so and have a good look around our wonderful heritage that is the QVB as the old girl is looking fabulous. While there, ponder the thought that we almost lost her to developers prior to the 1968 refurbishment and also, spare a thought for how many other treasures we did lose.
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