Friday, October 28, 2011

The Great Southern Hotel

The Great Southern Hotel
A hotel has existed at 717-723 George Street Haymarket since at least 1858. The hotel at that time was called The Farmer's Home and the licensee was Michael McNarmara. In 1903 he rebuilt Nos. 717-721 George Street as a four-storey hotel and renamed it the Great Southern Hotel. Notwithstanding the change of name the hotel continued to enjoy the patronage of country visitors.

In 1938 it was redesigned by Virgil Dante Cizzio (later changed surname to Renshaw) and the Public Bar opened in October 1939 with the remainder in December. The building has social importance for its long association with country travellers and for its more recent association with international Art Deco enthusiasts.

It is significant as the finest and rare example of a face brick hotel building of Interwar Stripped Classical Style in the CBD. The building retains all its original external detailing above the awning and much of the interior and original furniture.

Detail on the facade

View of the main bar

Great Souther hotel main bar

Source City of Sydney Heritage Listings

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

- Before rebuilding

- After rebuilding

- Public bar

- Saloon bar

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

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