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Old March 30th, 2007, 03:27 AM   #1
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The historic streetscape and shopfronts of King St and Enmore Rd in Newtown, Sydney

I've had to drive through Newtown a bit lately and have been stuck in some serious peak hour traffic on King St (it can take 30 mins just to get from one end to the other). I thought I knew Newtown pretty well but while stuck in traffic my eyes wandered around quite a bit and I noticed just how old the buildings were that lined King St. It's basically wall to wall non stop historic buildings!

I had a big night out at The Zetland and The Alexandria with the boys from work last Friday. I left my car there and walked over from Pyrmont (armed with my camera) to pick it up on Saturday. I had a rare free day Saturday so after getting my car I drove back via Newtown and took a load of shots.

I'd discovered a "new" Newtown. I'd say just like most people, my eyes had always stayed at road and shop level and had probably only glanced upwards on the odd occassion but not taken it in much. I learnt the hard way that looking up all the time in Newtown is dangerous and nearly tripped onto my arse a few times. People give you funny looks when you're taking photos especially in Newtown which is not used to snap happy tourists.

For those that don't know Sydney well, Newtown is just southwest of the CBD. I could have taken 100's of shots, it's hard to keep the number down for this thread but there are just so many old buildings there. I parked at the St Peters (less old) end of King St and walked to City Road then back along King and down Enmore Road then back to King onto St Peters end again. Here's the first part of my walk, from St Peters end of King to City Road. These are all shots of the west/north west side of King St. Some buildings are sadly rundown but others are obviously loved and well maintained. There will be more to come over time.


"1886"
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1913 Nelsons Buildings and old neighbour
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1922 Malouf Building
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1915 California Building on right
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1904 Kleins Corner building
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1907 plus others
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1914 Chocolate Dog Cafe
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1914 Sid Steele Tobacconist and others
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Hotel Victory
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1889 corner of Camden and King Sts
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1889 W.T.F. building
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1896 and others
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1899 and others
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1904 and 1910
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Advance Loan office and other
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The art deco modified mid 1800's Sandringham Hotel
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1881 Brisbane House (on left) and others
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The Abbey and others
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Seargants Building (on left) and others
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View north down King St on intersection with Enmore Rd
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View North along King St past Zanzibar
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1878 and others
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1896 flats
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1887 and others
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Looking North down King St
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Above IGA
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"AD '02" and others. Guessing 1902. This area had a 2 digit trend going on
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"AD '86"
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Above Studio 211
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Erected 1903
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1896 Henry Cohen Building and others
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Soni's
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The art deco Hotel Marlborough
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Row of old buildings along King St
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1889 and other
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Yellow and grand old building
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Old March 30th, 2007, 04:04 AM   #2
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LOL at W.T.F Building!
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Old March 30th, 2007, 04:20 AM   #3
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Love Newtown/Enmore. One of my favourite parts of Sydney.

People watching at the ZanziBar is fun too.
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Old March 30th, 2007, 04:23 AM   #4
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Wonderful photos and a wonderful strip. I just hate it when people paint buildings different colors and worse still, change the windows and alter the buildings upper level facade. This strip has the potential to be great with a little bit of restoration and TLC.
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Old March 30th, 2007, 04:30 AM   #5
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Is Zanzibar a str8 or gay bar?
I once went to a gay bar on King Street. Forgot the name.
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Old March 30th, 2007, 04:31 AM   #6
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That's what I was thinking when I took it all in, there is so much potential in this area with a little work, but only tidy-up and no transforming. Still, it is great as it is and yes, the people watching is excellent. A real mixed bag of headies!
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Old March 30th, 2007, 04:33 AM   #7
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whoa! that looks almost third world. some major urban renewal is needed there. the architecture of those buildings restorated would look awesome
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Old March 30th, 2007, 04:38 AM   #8
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The Newtown Hotel is definitely gay, and The Bank hotel is quite Dyke-like, there will be photos of them when I post the return walk back down King St and Enmore Rd. Not sure about Zanzibar, it seems neautral. Newtown is one of the more gay tolerant suburbs in Sydney but that's only part of it's colour.
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Great photos of a great looking area. So much character. Reminds me a bit of Brunswick St Fitzroy.
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whoa! that looks almost third world. some major urban renewal is needed there. the architecture of those buildings restorated would look awesome
Third world?? Mate, this is third world....



Newtown and it's surrounding suburbs are very bohemian.

I guess that's why it has a bit of a run down kinda feel about it.

Oh and i'm not sure if ZanziBar is a gay pub but i'm pretty sure it's not.
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The slightly run down and 'less clean' look is what gives it soul and gives the place a very 'lived in' look in a very uncontrived way. It is a very important part of the character of the place and its inhabitants. Cleaning it up too much would make it less appealing and interesting.

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Exactly.
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Old March 30th, 2007, 05:15 AM   #13
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it's one of those places where nothing should be forced, things happen of their own accord. like i mentioned at the start, some places look quite rundown and others are quite bright and looked after. too much either way would change the place. it has a very unique character within sydney.
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LOL, someone has been busy, well done LanceDriver!
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Old March 30th, 2007, 08:36 AM   #15
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you should post these in World!
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Old March 30th, 2007, 08:45 AM   #16
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i may some time, i've got quite a few more to go in this thread first, i'm just waiting (hoping) for it to tick over to another page so that i can minimise the download size for people.
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Old March 30th, 2007, 10:20 AM   #17
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Zanzibar is not gay, and it's a shithole with aggro bouncers and closing-time Nazis. I must say that I feel the nightlife on King St has slowly dwindled, but Enmore road still has some cool spots.
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Love your pics.

I never really realised how old King St was, even when I was walking down it. I suppose all the people everywhere keeps you busy on concentrating where you are walking. I do though absolutely LOVE King St and Newtown and that whole area of the city and your pictures really seem to catch some of the character in the area.

You know, if you replaced the cars with 1950's holdens and fords and replaced the buses with trams the pic looking north up King St looks just like it did 60 years ago. It looks like that at least - I wasn't alive then though so I'm just guessing.

Great pics!
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Because of the stupid awnings you can't see the upper part of the beautiful facade from the streeet. I hate awnings!!!
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I totally agree with you James!!!! We should join an I HATE AWNINGS club. They detract so much from the beauty of a ********. Did anyone notice the buildings without awnings......looks so much nicer.

Maybe we should look at retractable awnings like in parts of Europe....makes a ******** look a lot classier!!

Having said all that I wouldn't like to see ***town changed TOO much, as it might lose its character and diversity. I think Glebe serves as a more posh version of ***town.
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