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It was also at this time that Barnet convinced editors of influential architectural publications in London to publish an article devoted to a discussion on art in New South Wales. Published on 19 September , the article commended Barnet's desire for realistic sculpture but similar to previous criticisms, argued that the manner of execution was flawed. In whilst the bells of the GPO were finally being resolved, the long-standing issue of the Pitt Street carvings was also finally settled.
In a dramatic reversal of opinion, described by the press as "astonish[ing]" and "extraordinary" the Legislative Assembly held a vote which favoured retention of the carvings by fifty-four votes to five. In an impassioned speech by assembly member Nicholas Hawken , the carvings were now acknowledged as "the beginning of art in Australia. The first stage of the General Post Office building was completed in and on 1 September, a grand official opening ceremony was held with 1, guests, in celebration of the occasion.
The room was described as "overflowing by a fashionable assemblage of ladies and gentlemen The official opening ceremony speech was made by the General Post Office the postmaster-general, Sir Saul Samuel who paid a glowing tribute to the work of Barnet. Newspapers covering the opening ceremony highlighted enthusiastically that "when the plans are fully executed, [the GPO] will not be surpassed by any similar structure in the Southern hemisphere.
As criticism of the carvings died down momentarily, the colonnade linking Pitt and George streets was fully opened to the public in May The public applauded the work of Barnet and demanded visions for a new civic piazza. Indeed, one newspaper illustrated an imaginary Italianate square declaring that it was "the General Post Office Square as it should be The additions in the French style, with the adornment of swag around windows indicated a shift toward new trends in Australian architecture eventually becoming known as Federation Arts and Crafts movement championed by the suburban Federation Bungalow typology.
The clock tower was disassembled in to reduce the visibility of the GPO in case of an air attack on Sydney. It was rebuilt in When the clock was retrieved from storage in , an " Eternity " inscription by Arthur Stace was found written in chalk inside the bell. It was left there and is now one of only two original Eternity inscriptions. Having remained as the headquarters of NSW postal system since its completion, the GPO was privatised and leased out in as part of the disbursement of assets by the Federal Government of Australia.
In the now heritage GPO building, Australia Post maintains a presence in the form of a "Post Shop" at the corner of Martin Place and George Street but the rest of the building is devoted to shops, cafes, restaurants and bars as well as a hotel and function rooms.
The Westin hotel and Macquarie Bank office towers stand behind the former courtyard, which was converted into an atrium. It remained in the ownership of the federal postal authority now Australia Post , although following the conversion the building was leased for 99 years to Singapore-based Far East Organisation and its affiliate Sino Land Company, which own the adjoining Westin Hotel.
The sale process has been criticised as secretive and offering inadequate protection for the significant historical building. The columns and base which form the arcade of the General Post Office is constructed of high quality polished granite taken from the Moruya River , the general effect of which was "much admired". The use of granite rather than sandstone was also the result of structural needs, which Barnet himself during the opening ceremony described as being "necessitated by the immediate weight which was super-incumbent on small points of support, to form the arcade.
Historians have since noted that Barnet's design was an "eminently practical solution" which not only increased pedestrian access and a transition between exterior and interior of the building, but also gave the façade a sense of depth and character. Martin's Lane from three to six metres, allowing also for the transfer of goods and delivery of mail efficiently and effectively. When the GPO was first opened to the public , Barnet confirmed, in a statement to the press that "The style chosen for the design is Italian Renaissance, and was necessarily adapted to the uses of the building and the nature of the site.
In particular, its free use of Classical motifs finds its roots in the works of English architect and historian Charles Robert Cockerell.
Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney , Leslie Wilkinson , commented that Barnet had high regard for these materials as "it could be quarried in very large blocks completely free of flaws. Above this stands the clock tower. The reworking of the interior retained the vast majority of the building's highly significant wrought iron and coke breeze arched structure. Large spaces in the upper levels were subdivided into hotel rooms.
A s building that housed the main postal hall enclosed by the Victorian era building was demolished, the Postal Hall reconstructed and a long span steel frame and glass roof structure added to seal a large atrium for the hotel. Some of the original internal courtyard facade elements demolished for the s building were also reconstructed.
It has been said by several influential architectural historians [ who? When Barnet was first commissioned to build the new post office, the main facade faced George Street and the colonnade faced a tiny lane only three metres nine point eight feet wide. The use of government funds was granted so that land was purchased north of the GPO to provide an "appropriately scaled civic setting for the GPO. Some argue that Martin Place "was never planned.
Nor was it entirely accidental"; rather the public square evolved through a "serendipitous mixture of architectural flair, public debate and individual determination. Others have however been more certain in the relationship between Martin Place and the GPO, saying for example that Barnet's "understanding of civic propriety and of the role of public buildings coincided with the Victorian concept of decorum: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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