Million-dollar makeover for heritage building

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A heritage-listed commercial building in Sydney’s Haymarket has undergone a $3 million makeover by the City of Sydney to preserve it for future generations.

Owned by the City of Sydney, the ornate Corporation Building on Hay Street was constructed in 1894 from designs by City Architect George McRae.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the building had undergone extensive façade remediation and roof repair.

“The maintenance of our historic buildings is a crucial part of the work we do to make our city a welcoming and beautiful place to live, work and visit,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Preservation of heritage-listed sites ensures historians, students, designers and architects have the living history to study, learn from and inspire future works.

“It’s vital that we maintain these historic landmark buildings as part of our streetscapes so they showcase the architectural history of Sydney.”

The commercial building on the site was designed in the early Federation Anglo-Dutch style, with intricate brick detailing and stylised design motifs, parapets and striking roof features. The building contained offices, refreshment rooms and toilets for the clerks and produce agents working at the New Belmore Markets.

City Historian, Dr Lisa Murray, said the Markets were short-lived.

“The increasing volume of trade created a congested maze. Market growers and produce agents convinced the council to build larger markets down the road in Ultimo, close to the harbour and railway goods line,” Dr Murray said.

“In 1913, the New Belmore Markets were dismantled and remodelled. Part of the site became shop and office space known as the Manning Building, while the western part of the site was converted and commenced its long life as various entertainment venues including a hippodrome, picture palace and theatre.

“Over the decades, the Corporation Building has adapted to the changing retail and business needs of the area.”

Located on the southwestern corner of Hay and Parker streets with side access from Parker Lane, today the Corporation Building site has a variety of tenants, including the popular 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

For media enquiries or images, contact Roxanne Macara.
Phone 0438 554 640 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore contact Zoe Delamare.
Phone 0477 263 615 or email

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