Self-guided walks in Glebe NSW 2037 Australia

Explore the many facets of our fascinating and historic suburb of Glebe with this set of self-guided walks. A great guide for visitors, and new insights for residents

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Glebe Court House (and Police Station)

Architect: James Barnet
Address: Cnr St Johns Road and Talfourd Street
Style: Italianate (Old Court House, former Post Office);
Classical Revival (Police Station)
Status: Heritage item. Classified by the National Trust

Glebe Court House (and Police Station)

The Old Court House (1889)(67 St Johns Road) is a two storey late Victorian stuccoed building with a coat of arms and slate roof. Note the projecting mouldings designed to cast shadows on the smooth stucco surface. There is also a small stone cottage at the rear, c1840.

The Police Station (1882)(65 St Johns Road) carries some of the design features of the Court House but is appropriately scaled down. Later additions have been made to the east and north aspects of the building.

LOOKING AROUND: St Johns Road at Glebe Point Road

This heritage precinct contains the Glebe Post Office, Court House and Police Station which form a group of interrelated buildings, all designed by the Colonial Architect’s Branch under the direction of James Barnet, in the Italianate style. As a group, they demonstrate Barnet’s adherence to classical traditions with strong horizontal lines, restraint and sense of civic decorum. For Barnet, a specific institution and its location informed the design of an appropriate building. The architectural elements in each building serve to build a unity whilst at the same time delineating purpose and civic status.

The (former) Post Office (1888)(181a Glebe Point Road) has strong horizontal lines but its Doric columns, loggia and arched windows are used as vertical elements to enliven the main street façade. Sadly, Australia Post closed this purpose-built post office in February 2011, despite community protests.

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More Information

  1. James Barnet
  2. Italianate Style
  3. Johnson, Chris; Shaping Sydney: Public Architecture and Civic Decorum; Hale & Iremonger (1999)
  4. Definition: Loggia: a gallery or arcade open to the air on at least one side.
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