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Umm. Hmmm. I would say Chifley Tower seeing as it's neo-art deco and a tribute to New York's 1930s skyscrapers, but you said no modernist architecture.


IMG_5028 - Version 2 by mornnb, on Flickr


I would say the Sydney Morning Herald Building.

http://www.sydneyarchitecture.com/cbd/cbd4-056.htm


And the State Saving Bank building, reminds a little bit of the New York stock exchange building.

IMG_5133 by mornnb, on Flickr

The Trust Building is also rather similar to typical 19th century New York.

http://www.sydneyarchitecture.com/cbd/cbd4-049.htm

And the Dymocks building.

http://www.thedymocksbuilding.com.au/sitefiles/information.asp?idarticle=1
 

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I would say that overall Melbourne has a higher quality and greater variety of historical buildings. But there are a couple of masterpieces in Sydney, like QVB and GPO, that Melbourne can't match.
And don't discount Brisbane, while it has a relatively small number of historical buildings, they are quality.
 

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The great majority of buildings in New York City are generally pretty ugly.
Much like Sydney... there's a heap of 50s and 60s crap that litters the CBD. :eek:hno:

One of the most New York like buildings in Australia though I think is the Victorian Parliament, the James Farley Post Office on 8th Avenue strongly reminds me of it.
 

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Colonial Mutual Life building. most aussie cities had one. Adealide still has one.same for Hobart.
they are all approx 10storeys or 40m./ (brisbanes had a central LMR took it to 53m).
the Manor looks taller because of its this floor plate.It was built in 1931. sydney and melbourne has dozens of similar buildings from the 30s era and even taller.
Sydney's had more than one, this one in Martin Place.


Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Bg., 14 Martin place by sftrajan, on Flickr

And this one that was demolished.


Mutual Life Assurance Office by Powerhouse Museum Collection, on Flickr
 
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