Dymocks Building, Sydney – repairing and conserving a heritage listed facade suffering from corrosion

Peter Johnsson, Principle Engineer – Facades / Diagnostic & Remedial, Hyder Consulting Pty Ltd

Conservation works to the façade of the heritage listed Dymocks Building located in George Street, Sydney were completed in the period between 2008 and 2010.

The George Street facade is a terracotta faience façade, which consists of terracotta blocks moulded and formed to replicate carved stone. This technique was employed circa the 1920’s as a more economical method of achieving the look of a carved stone building. In the case of Dymocks, the terracotta had an applied glaze which was designed to replicate the appearance of grey granite.


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