March 28th – GPO

GPO

The GPO (General Post Office) resides at No. 1 Martin Place in the Sydney CBD. Construction began in 1866 and was built over multiple stages and 25 years before it was completed. It replaced the previous GPO which was demolished in 1862. The outer facade is sandstone, much like the finish on the QVB.

In 1996 the building was sold to private owners, who renovated the site to its present state. Postal services ceased operations at this time, and the Westin Hotel lobby was established inside the large atrium, along with numerous restaurants, coffee shops and clothes retailers.

The present clock-tower is also a remake, having been removed in 1942 under fear of aerial attack during WWII. It was rebuilt in 1964.

In fact if you’re ever lost and you’re holding an analogue street map, every page has a symbol to direct you back to the corner of Martin Place and George St. While you may no longer be lost, you’re probably now stuck in traffic chaos.

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