This week I noticed an article published by the Commercial Real Estate site (see the sources section below) pointing out the painted Shell signs that have been uncovered by the current redevelopment works at Wynyard Place, specifically the demolition of the old Menzies hotel next to Shell House on Carrington Street opposite Wynyard Park. So I thought I’d go and take a look.
There has been a growing trend of people posting pictures of “ghost signs”, or old painted signs on the sides of buildings either as advertisements or to show what company operated out of the site. These painted signs on the side of Shell house are a rare example of these from the mid-1900s. Though according to the article these will not be visible for long so if you’re interested in this type of thing be quick to go take a look.
Shell house is quite a beautiful building with its “glazed terracotta tile façade” (Environment NSW) and clock tower. It was built during the difficult years of the 1930s, completed in 1938. Shell operated out of the site through until the 70s before it was converted into a hotel after 1979.
The building forms a major part of the $1 billion redevelopment of Wynyard place which includes a restoration of Shell house to create “7,700 sqm of boutique office space and 1,500 sqm of retail”, due for completion in 2019.
Do you know of any other examples of these old painted signs around Sydney? Please share!
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