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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


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One lump or two?

Ah, afternoon tea! It makes me want to put on a posh English accent, and perhaps ride to hounds. This is afternoon tea at the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) in downtown Sydney. Check out the chandeliers: installed in January this year, they apparently cost A$900,000. As this article says, that’s a lot of tea and scones. (BTW, contrary to the impression these photos give, the room was quite full.)

(Apologies for the quality of these images. I didn’t have my ‘real’ camera, and was limited to what I could do in the way of lighting, focus, and processing.)