Friday, October 28, 2011

The County Clare

The County Clare
Also known as the Keg Room Tavern, County Clare Hotel, the Hotel Clare and Clare Hotel.

The hotel, situated at 20-24 Broadway Chippendale, was originally called Ryan's Hotel until 17th March 1941 when the sign was changed to Hotel Clare. On 25th July 1966 the name was changed to County Clare Inn. It was designed by Sidney Warden and built by S.D.C.Kennedy and Bird Pty. Ltd.

The Art Deco style interior ceilings and timber panelling to the ground floor have significance as a fine example of the interior detailing of this style of corner hotel. The green terracotta detailing on the facade is particularly beautiful.

The County Clare Inn is one of five similar inner hotels that were built around the same time. These are the Sutherlands, the Hotel Hollywood, the Civic and the Australian Hotel.

The green terracotta tiles are a distinctive feature of the County Clare facade.

Clare facade detail

Below is a picture of the main bar in the County Clare.

Clare main bar

Below is a photo of the ceiling detail above the main bar area.

Clare ceiling detail above main bar

Source City of Sydney Heritage Listings

You can view historical photographs of the following parts of the hotel from the Noel Butlin Archives Centre at the ANU;

- Original Ryan's Hotel

- Date information

You can find more Art Deco information at the DecoWorks Pty Ltd website.

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