1842 map from the site
1880 map from the site
More than $300 million dollar development.
Since the late 1800s, one of Sydney's grandest sandstone landmarks has been closed to the public, used for little more than government offices.
Fast forward to 2020 and every Sydneysider - public servant or otherwise - will be able to enjoy a rooftop drink at the site, which is set to become a "world-leading hotel".
"For many years we've had these beautiful sandstone buildings closed to the public, housing bureaucrats and prime CBD real estate...it's a tragedy," said the NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet.
"Thanks to this stunning restoration you will get to experience their history and grandeur first-hand."
A rooftop winter garden, refurbished domes and temples, an octagonal meeting room, and a reopened horse and carriageway, closed since the 1950s, will form part of the updated features of the sandstone site.
Make Architects, which previously worked on the design team for the reinvented Wynyard Station precinct described the project as an "archaeological investigation".
-- By Lucy Cormack, Jack Fisher Sydney Morning Herald
Updated 11 November 2016 — 11:44am
First published 10 November 2016 — 2:38pm
. Historical + Aboriginal Archaeological Assessments
. S60 + S140 Archaeological Excavation Permits
. State Significant Development Project (SSDA)
. Archaeological Provisions of the Conservation Management Plan
. Archaeological Section of the Heritage Interpretation Strategy
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