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by Nicole Arathoon (subscribe)
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Published January 4th 2014
Sydney's majestic Romanesque Revival building
The majestic Queen Victoria Building (QVB) has been gracing Sydney's CBD since 1898. Designed by George McRae as a Romanesque Revival building it was built to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Originally it was a shopping hub complete with coffee shops, showrooms and a concert hall but faced many years of deterioration through the 1930s and was threatened with a proposed demolition in 1959. Thanks to Ipoh Ltd and the $86 million contribution from Sydney City Council the Queen Victoria Building was reformed to its former glory between 1984 and 1986. 20 years later and Ipoh Ltd spent a further $48 million to refurbish.

The QVB now showcasing high end designer stores, glazed balustrades, new signage and colour schemes and a much needed escalator connecting the three levels. The vintage tiled floors, statuesque columns and heritage oak finishes complete this glorious piece of nineteenth century architecture. A wander through is a must just to marvel at the interior intricacies of a bygone era. Stop at one of many extravagant boutiques, enjoy a spot of high tea or just gaze upward at the high art deco domes.

Appreciate another beautiful space in Sydney.
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