Random Fridays: Victorian Stairwell

Windows and staircase in the QVB.

Windows and staircase in the QVB.

This glorious stairwell comes from the Queen Victoria Building (known as “the QVB”), an upmarket shopping emporium (“mall” is far too pedestrian a word for this building!) in downtown Sydney.

“The QVB was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898 … The elaborate Romanesque architecture was specially planned for the grand building so the Government could employ many out-of-work craftsmen — stonemasons, plasterers, and stained window artists — in a worthwhile project … As recently as 1959 the Queen Victoria Building was threatened with demolition. As it stands now, in all its glory, it is testimony to the original vision for the building and the superb craftsmanship of the artisans who put it all back together again.” source


4 thoughts on “Random Fridays: Victorian Stairwell

  1. Intrigued by your stairwell, I just googled the images of QVB and am in awe! Gosh, I’m almost sorry it’s a shopping center 🙂 Although it sure gets more traffic and recognition this way. Thanks, Kaz!


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