Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Albury Hotel

The Albury Hotel
The Albury Hotel situated at 2a Oxford Street, Paddington, was once the premier gay hotel on Oxford street. It was famous for its drag shows, colourful personalities and one of the best piano bars in Sydney.

It is now a clothing store. Quite a sad outcome for such a pivotal social hub of the eighties and nineties.

The imposing two story cylindrical front tower of the hotel is unique. The inverted cone light diffuser on the top was spectacular. The bar ceilings have intricate plasterwork forming large oval light recesses which thankfully have been retained by the current owners.

Original main bar ceiling

Albury main bar ceiling

Original side bar ceiling

Original side bar ceiling

Source City of Sydney Heritage Listings

More Art Deco info can be found at DecoWorks Pty Ltd.

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