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90/586-17 Architectural model, 'Quong Tart's Tea House', two buildings with associated shopfronts, part of King Street Sydney streetscape, 1870-1890, plywood / cardboard / plastic, Australian Broadcasting Commission, Sydney, Australia, 1970-1975. Click to enlarge.

Architectural model part of King Street Sydney landscape

Made
This is one of 23 architectural models representing King Street, Sydney, in the 1880s. This streetscape reveals a lost city of trades, shops and entertainment, in buildings of a human scale. King Street was a magnet at night and by day a retail mecca.

Yet Sydney was also taking on its modern form as a business and professional centre, with architecture to match. This lost city catches Sydney at a cross roads in its history. A bustling variety of people and activities began to make way for a …

Summary

Object No.

90/586-17

Object Statement

Architectural model, 'Quong Tart's Tea House', two buildings with associated shopfronts, part of King Street Sydney streetscape, 1870-1890, plywood / cardboard / plastic, Australian Broadcasting Commission, Sydney, Australia, 1970-1975

Physical Description

An architectural model, part of King Street Sydney streetscape predominantly made of plywood and parape, consisting of two seperate buildings representing 121-125 'Quong Tart's Tea Rooms, 127 William Mitchell Chemist and Druggist, and Andrew Allan Auctioneers (downstairs), 129 David Wilson Coal Agent and Frances Fahey Land Agent (upstairs) and a private residence at 131 Kings Street, Sydney.

The three storied building has classical features to the windows, and and awning with green painted columns. Text across top of building reads 'QUONG TART & CO.' and the text painted across awning reads 'QUONG TART'S TEA HOUSE / QUONG TART & CO. / TEA AND GRILL ROOMS / OPEN DAILY FROM 7:30AM TO 9PM.'

The white two storied building has business on both the ground and first level. On the ground level there is an awning over the two businesses with red painted columns. Text on awning reads 'ANDREW ALLAN AUCTIONEER / WILLIAM H. MITCHELL / CHEMIST & DRUGGIST'. Text across top of building reads 'FRANCES FAHEY LAND AGENT' and 'DAVID WILSON COAL AGENT' and there is a number '131' next to the entry of the private residence.

There are two backing boards that attach to the back of the model with pins to hid the wiring and inside of the model, if viewed from the back.

Marks

Numbers '27 and '28 are marked against the two buildings at the back of the model.

Dimensions

Height

485 mm

Width

792 mm

Depth

583 mm

Production

Notes

Made by Jack Montgomery of the ABC for a TV documentary about King Street.

City of Sydney Archives give construction date of 1956 although this seems unlikely given that television transmission only began in 1956. There is also an Archives record confirming that the models were in the possession of Sydney City Council in 1977.

History

Notes

Used in an ABC TV documentary. Acquired by Sydney City Council about 1977, the models were displayed at the City Library and other Council properties.

Cite this Object

Harvard

Architectural model part of King Street Sydney landscape 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 October 2021, <https://ma.as/108490>

Wikipedia

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