Thursday, October 29, 2009

MLC Building

MLC building
The Mutual Life & Citizens building located at 38-46 Martin Place in the Sydney CBD is now known as the Henry David York building. It was also known as the Minter Ellison building.

The Mutual Life & Citizens building is aesthetically significant as one of the best interwar commercial office buildings in Sydney. It is also the best example in Australia of the exterior use of Egyptian-derived motifs in such buildings.

The building was designed by Bates Smart & McCutcheon and built from 1936 - 1938.

MLC tower detail

MLC tower detail

Main entrance

MLC building main entrance

Foyer area

MLC foyer

Foyer cornice detail

MLC foyer cornice detail

Source Sydney Heritage Listings

More Art Deco information can be found on the DecoWorks Pty Ltd website.

1 comment:

  1. Wow I hadnt seen the lobby before - fantastic ! Always thought the Melbourne one was much the same as this one but while ours, also completed in 1938, had the same general lines and tower with matching 'MLC man' sculpture, it didnt have all those Egyptian flourishes ! Bates Smart & McCutcheon had fun there. The Melbourne one was by A & K Henderson, a more traditional firm, so a more sober result. Be interesting to know who designed the major outline that BSM then played with. Interesting that both were Melbourne firms.