Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

Strand Arcade

The last surviving Victorian shopping arcade in Sydney. Three storeys high with glass roof, cantilevered galleries, cast iron balustrades, and timber framed shopfronts, it has been restored after several fires and still retains the small elite boutiques that defined the Sydney shopping experience of the 1890s.

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1890 - 1892
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1891 - 1892
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Strand Arcade

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Opened in 1892, the Strand Arcade was one of five built in the city centre during the late nineteenth century. It was designed as a covered shopping street, with 80 shopfronts on four floors. By the 1950s it was neglected but in the 1970s the arcade was refurbished, and has since been restored after fire damage.