Saturday, 29 October 2016

Gargoyles and Knights



Macquarie Street is an elegant tree-lined boulevard adjacent to the commercial city centre and overlooking the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is one of Sydney’s most distinguished residential addresses.  Until recent decades it was known as the Harley Street of Sydney due to the presence of a number of medical chambers and surgeries.

The Art Deco BMA Building was built in 1928 and at twelve stories was one of the tallest in Sydney at that time. Today it is dwarfed by tall skyscrapers but its unique facade decorated with gargoyles and tiles in rich and unique designs really make it stand out. The 11th floor balconies have giant medieval knights holding shields to ward off evil. 


Sarah works on the 6th floor (or it might be the 5th or 4th) of this building for an investment publishing house.  She is assisted in her work by Schnitzel von Krumm. 


Dogs are strictly not allowed inside this illustrious establishment so Mr von Krumm is smuggled into the building each day by the MD in a special dog holdall.  If anyone steps into the elevator during the ride to and from the 6th floor he responds obediently to a whispered “down Shnitzel” and ducks his head down into the bag. 


Buddy would like a job here too but his application will probably be declined as his references are a bit dodgy and he only has experience as a ‘tradie’. 

10 comments:

  1. What a wonderful building - loving the gargoyles. Shnitzel is the spitting image of our dog Dusty who we adopted , he was a gorgeous little thing who became very ill and the vets hadn't a clue what was wrong with him and he died. I have a soft spot for daschunds.

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    1. They are adorable little dogs.

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  2. Bosses should lead by example. If the managing director can bring his pet into the office, all other workers should have that privilege too. I wonder what an investment publishing house is and how many bedrooms it has got. Does it have a garden?

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    1. It's OK, Buddy's already got a job, he's Chief Executive of his own business.

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  3. No point in having Rules and Laws unless you break them eh and nobody better than the MD to do so.

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    1. I think he breaks a lot of rules.

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  4. Our son was married last year at the Old Mint in Macquarie street. One of the oldest buildings in Sydney. We always stay in an apartment opposite Hyde Park when we visit. It's a nice spot and far away from Darling Harbour ! A good city to visit and the harbour is beautiful.

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    1. What a lovely location for a wedding.

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  5. I note the Rod of Asclepius on the shields, so I presume the building must have been originally designed for medical usage of some sort. It wouldn't be logical otherwise.

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    1. Yes, it was commissioned by the British Medical Association and still houses medical offices and surgeries.

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