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Sydney Open 2012

October 18, 2012

Sydney Open 2012 will unlock the doors to 70 of Sydney’s most prestigious residential homes, contemporary designed office blocks and much-loved heritage sites on 2-4 November.

Above: 1 Bligh Street. Photo by Hans-Georg Esch

Presented by the Historic Houses Trust, Sydney Open 2012 unlocks the doors to 70 of Sydney’s most prestigious residential homes, contemporary designed office blocks and much-loved heritage sites.

This year, ticket holders will be able to tour 1 Bligh Street, Sydney’s flagship 6-star Green Star office tower; 70B William Street, an old stone sewer building in Wolloomooloo; Challenger Workplace, winner of the 2010 RAIA NSW Interior Architecture Award; and St Andrew’s Cathedral School where the playground is way up on the rooftop in the heart of the city.

Also opening up will be the Sydney Masonic Centre, the Fort Phillip Signal Station, the Culwulla Chambers on King Street (once Sydney’s tallest building for 50 years), Australia’s oldest convict building Hyde Park Barracks, the Museum of Sydney, the jail cells and courtroom at the Justice & Police Museum, Susannah Place in The Rocks and the grand ballroom at Government House.

A new event this year, ‘Sydney Open Night’ on Friday 2 November will provide a sneak-peek into five of the city’s iconic cites for free, including the Chief Secretary’s Building, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, On Seven at David Jones, Parliament House and St James’ Church.

Focus Tours held on Saturday 3 November will offer exclusive access to 20 nominated sites, covering residential, history aged or limited capacity areas and will provide an in-depth insight into the architecture – led in most cases by their architects or owners.

The City Pass will enable ticket holders to get up close with 50 of Sydney’s most-loved buildings on Sunday 4 November, including the Sydney Fire Station, the King Street Courts, the Great Synagogue and the National Mutual building.

For the full list of buildings on show, visit: www.sydneyopen.hht.net.au

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