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by Wendy (subscribe)
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Published August 19th 2013
There are a wide array of historic and heritage buildings in Sydney. Among those, I've hand-picked a few buildings that are similar in some ways; they were built in nineteenth century, the architecture maintained essence of early colonial simplicity, and they are now either used for community purposes or information centres.

1. Cadmans Cottage
110 George St, The Rocks

Cadmans Cottage is one of the surviving buildings in Sydney that remains from the first 30 years of the colony. Built in 1816, this sandstone cottage has been built for the use of the governmental coxswains and their crews.

Restoration began in 1972 after Cadmans Cottage was proclaimed a Heritage site. It is now served as the home for the Sydney Harbour National Parks Information Centre, providing a great source of information about national parks near Sydney.

Cadmans Cottage
Cadmans Cottage on The Rocks

2. Balmain Watch House
179 Darling Street, Balmain

Originally built in 1854 as a police lock-up when Balmain was an old town, Balmain Watch House is now a National Trust heritage building managed by the Balmain Association.

In the 1920s the whole building became a police residence. This sandstone building maintains its own unique character, thanks to the great conservation work undertaken to restore the fabric of the building. It is the oldest surviving lock-up in Sydney in traditional Georgian style, designed by Edmund Blacket, a Colonial Architect.

The Balmain Watch House is available for hire as an exhibition space. Check out here for more information.

Balmain Watch House side view
Side view, Balmain Watch House


Balmain Watch House
Balmain Watch House

3. Clontarf Cottage
4 Wallace Street, Balmain, 2041

Built in 1844 by Blake, Clontarf Cottage was restored for community use after public protests in the late 1980s. While this historical Cottage does not have much ornamentation, it has symmetrical look using an interesting mix of materials - iron, wood and stone.

Clontarf Cottage
Clontarf Cottage
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