General Post Office, Sydney

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English General Post Office, Sydney

The General Post Office (abbreviation GPO, commonly known as the Sydney GPO) is a heritage-listed landmark building located in Martin Place, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The original building was constructed in two stages beginning in 1866 and was designed under the guidance of Colonial Architect James Barnet. Composed primarily of local Sydney sandstone, mined in Pyrmont, the primary load-bearing northern façade has been described as "the finest example of the Victorian Italian Renaissance Style in NSW" and stretches 114 metres (374 ft) along Martin Place, making it one of the largest sandstone buildings in Sydney.Throughout its twenty five year construction process, the GPO was marred by two major controversies, the first of which related to the selection of bells for the campanile clock and the second, more significantly, to the commission of Italian immigrant sculptor Tomaso Sani's "realistic" depictions of people for the carvings along the Pitt Street arcade. One of its first critics, Frederick Darley (later, the Chief Justice of NSW) "denigrated the carvings as caricatures" and such was the controversy surrounding these works that it led to debates on aesthetics and taste within the New South Wales Legislative Assembly between 1883-1890 in which Barnet was himself called upon to justify and defend his decision. Despite severe criticism and controversy, by the time of its final completion in 1891, the building was hailed as a turning point for the Colony of New South Wales, and historians have since noted the building's significance as a force for driving prosperity and for the Federation of Australia. Its architectural expression and in particular its Pitt Street carvings have since been hailed as "the beginning of art in Australia," as well as its urban significance in the shaping of Sydney's urban grid and the Martin Place precinct.The building served as the headquarters of Australia Post from its completion until 1996 when it was privatised and refurbished. The scaled back day-to-day counter postal services are now located on the George Street frontage and the outlet is known as the Sydney GPO Post Shop. The old General Post Office post boxes and Poste restante services are now located in the Australia Post site in the Hunter Connection, on the corner of George Street and Hunter Street. Despite significant internal alterations and additions, the façade has remained virtually unchanged and is listed both on the Commonwealth Heritage List and the New South Wales State Heritage Register, as recognition of its architectural and social significance to the history of Australia.

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French Bureau de poste général de Sydney

Le Bureau de poste général de Sydney (en anglais : General Post Office of Sydney, communément appelé Sydney GPO) est un bâtiment historique classé à Martin Place dans la ville de Sydney. Le bâtiment d'origine a été construit en deux étapes à partir de 1866 et a été conçu sous la direction de l'architecte colonial James Barnet. Composée principalement de grès de Sydney, extrait à Pyrmont, la façade nord principale a été décrite comme « le plus bel exemple du style Renaissance italienne victorienne en Nouvelle-Galles du Sud ». Celle-ci s'étend sur 114 mètres le long de Martin Place, ce qui en fait l'un des plus grands bâtiments en grès de Sydney.

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zh 悉尼邮政总局

悉尼邮政总局(General Post Office,GPO)是澳大利亚悉尼的一座地标建筑,位于马丁广场1号(西端),介于 乔治街与彼特街之间。该建筑原是新南威尔士州邮政系统总部。1996年,政府将其出售给私人业主。该建筑现在开设商店、咖啡廳、餐廳、酒吧,以及威斯丁酒店和麦觉理银行。澳大利亚邮政在马丁广场和乔治街角仍有一家“邮政店”。

该建筑由殖民地建筑师詹姆斯·巴尼特设计,从1866年到1891年分阶段修建。巴奈特设计的主立面为新古典主义风格,砂岩质地,沿马丁广场延伸达100米。建筑周围临街设有柱廊。柱廊每个拱的基石上,刻有滑稽人脸,代表大英帝国和外国的许多地方。他的引用真实人物(包括巴尼特本人)在当时引起了争议。正门上方的维多利亚女王像。

正立面中央的塔楼曾于1942年拆除,以减少悉尼遭空袭情况下邮政总局的能见度。重建于1964年。

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