Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Darlinghurst Blog: Past and Present: Flanagan's Hotel and Burdekin Hotel

There has been a hotel on the junction of Liverpool and Oxford streets since the 1890s but it wasn't the same one that exists today. 
Flanagan's Hotel (above left), was built in the Victorian era and originally stood on the site but was demolished in the 1910s during the "remodelling" or widening of Oxford Street. 
The development of the new Flanagan's Hotel, which by the 1930s was known as the Burdekin Hotel, cost 10,000 Pounds. 

The old Flanagan's was just three levels, but the new Flanagan's was five levels, including cellar, and - according to a Sydney Morning Herald article from May 2, 1911 - would be built in a "classic design" of brick and stone with oriel windows on each side and a tower octagonally built on the corner. 
"The ground floor will be devoted exclusively to bars and parlours and the necessary private offices, and on the first floor there will be dining, drawing and reading rooms, with three bedrooms,'' the article said.
''The second floor will contain a large sitting room, bedroom and kitchen, and there will be suites of bedrooms on the upper floors.
''There will be a flat roof over the whole area and on it will be constructed two bedrooms, a laundry and out-offices.
"The bars and internal work generally are to be handsomely finished, with a free use of marble and polished fittings."

The city architect designed the building and the tender for work was won by Messrs JM and A Pringle, who would no doubt be very pleased to see the building still exists in good condition today.