Monday, 2 October 2017

Pitt Street, tea rooms

This ornate commercial building along Pitt Street, formerly housed tea rooms. George Sargent operated a bakery in Glebe in 1886 and his brother William Sargent operated a bakery in Ultimo. By World War I, the Sargent family owned owned six cafes and 36 tea rooms in Sydney and Melbourne. These premises at 252 Pitt Street were advertised as "the largest Tea Rooms in the Commonwealth". The building has had many different uses in recent years including a fast food restaurant. However, it was never heritage listed and has now been compulsory acquired for demolition to build a new railway station for Sydney MetroSargents Pies are still manufactured today.

12 comments:

  1. A beautiful building. Such a waste to demolish the building!

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  2. My grandmother and her friends used to love tea rooms. The women always dressed up, including hats and gloves :)

    But what a crime to not protect this building's architecture and history, even if the interiors are totally changed. Shame, Sydney, shame!

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  3. I love it, such a pity it's going to be demolished.

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  4. Oh no! More plain utilitarian concrete and glass no doubt!

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    1. Valerie, unfortunately the design for the new station is exactly that.

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  5. Oh no, wished they would preserve this building, it's worth it just for the front!
    Hope also to see you back this week at All Seasons:)
    (it's not Monday here, so two more days time to link up).

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  6. As a Red Hatter I get to go to tea rooms with my group. We dress up and love it. What a terrible waste of talented architects.
    Ann

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    1. It sure is, Ann. The The Red Hat Society sounds like a lot of fun.

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  7. What a grand old building! Thanks for linking to Blue Monday!

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  8. Sydney is not the only city in the world that has lost part of its history in the name of "progress;" in a few years there will be many regrets, but then it is too late.

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