STATE THEATRE AND GOWINGS BUILDING

COMPLETED: May 2012

PROJECT DETAILS:

LOCATION: MARKET AND GEORGE STS, SYDNEY, NSW
CLIENT: WOODHEAD
COMMENCEMENT DATE: NOVEMBER 2011

ABOUT:

The State Theatre opened in June 1929. The theatre was the vision of Stuart Doyle, owner of Union Theatres, and of the esteemed architect Henry White. It was to be seen as ‘the empire’s greatest theatre’ and was designed as a picture palace when such monuments to movies were at their grandest and most spectacular.

The Gowings Building was a department store established in 1868. It specialised in men’s casual clothing, camping gear and novelty items.

HIGHLIGHTS & INPUTS:

Stone demolition, repairs and desalination, including construction of missing decorative elements.

Pointing to entire façade.

Render repairs and casting.

Demolish and install new steel-frame components and glazing to canopy roof.

Supply and install glazing to over 500 windows, with replacement of all timber and steel glazing beads.

Construct over 30 new custom steel and timber-framed windows, including arched frames, paint removal and repairs to all windows, paint.

Remove and replace hardware to ensure windows are operable.

Render repairs to sills and reveals, internal and external.

Casting of existing twisted columns were taken and reconstructed in Melbourne from GRC.

Design and construct casts of missing griffins, lions and knights.