Friday, April 30, 2010
Roman Ruins in Sydney?
No not really but it looks a bit like one. This is Paddington Reservoir a tranquil oasis not far from busy Oxford Street. A great sun trap to eat your lunch on a winter's day. Here's what the City of Sydney say about this beaut spot.
The City of Sydney's magnificent restoration of Paddington Reservoir Gardens was officially opened by Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP on Sunday 29 March 2009.
Designed by the City Engineer, Edward Bell, the Paddington Reservoir was built between 1866 and 1878 and was a key element in Sydney’s early water supply.
The reservoir served Sydney well until it was finally decommissioned in 1899. It then became a garage and workshop for the Metropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Board, and later a service station, until it was acquired by the Paddington Municipal Council for much-needed open space. Then from 1934, the lower level was leased as a commercial garage. And that was how it remained until 1991, when sections of the roof collapsed and the reserve was closed to the public.