Friday, May 29, 2009

The Criterion Hotel

The Criterion Hotel
The Criterion Hotel at 258 Pitt Street, Sydney, was designed by Copeman, Lemont & Keesing and was constructed by Paynter and Dixon in 1936. It is the finest of the five remaining hotel buildings constructed in this style in the CBD; the others are the Criterion (Sussex Street), the Great Southern Hotel, the Tudor Inn, and the Wynyard.



The hotel has historic significance for carrying on the name of the Criterion Theatre which formerly occupied the site. The highly articulated face brick facade features terracotta tile detailing at window heads and spandrel panels, raised panels, brick ribs, corbelling, balconettes, and three deeply recessed arches to the central pavilion of the Park Street facade.




Facade detail



(source Sydney Heritage Listings)




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