View of Castlereagh Boutique Hotel & NSW Masonic Club exterior from Castlereagh Street.

Castlereagh Boutique Hotel & NSW Masonic Club, exterior. Photo (c) Stephen G. Reinhardt

Castlereagh Boutique Hotel & NSW Masonic Club

Sunday 3 November

169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

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Built

1926

Architect

Claud William Chambers

With its palazzo-like street front and elaborately decorated Adam Revival interiors, the NSW Masonic Club is an exceptional example of Beaux-Arts Classicism.

Construction on the building began in 1926. Officially opened on 12 September 1927, it was at the time the first reinforced concrete building of its kind in Sydney and the city’s tallest building, standing 12 floors high.

A program of restoration and refurbishment was undertaken in the 1990s. This included the Grand Dining Room, where metal plates, installed during the war to conceal the windows, had to be removed. Today the heritage building still provides both traditional club facilities and accommodation and retains many of the original features and furniture, with memorabilia displayed throughout the building. The foyers and corridors feature very fine timber joinery.

Other original features include the boardroom, library, billiard and card rooms and the main bar. The building was heritage-listed in 1980.

  • Interior photograph of Castlereagh Boutique Hotel & NSW Masonic Club, Sydney featuring staircase from Ground Floor to Level 1
  • Interior photograph of Castlereagh Boutique Hotel & NSW Masonic Club, Sydney featuring Level 1 Board Room not normally open to the public.
  • Interior photograph of Castlereagh Boutique Hotel & NSW Masonic Club, Sydney, featuring level 4 Cellos Dining Room.

On Sunday 3 November


What’s open?

Foyer, Cellos dining room, Adam room, and the original 1927 Board Room.


Talks, tours & more


Need
to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Toilets available

  • Food & drink available

  • No ramps at the front steps due to the heritage nature of the building.


Opening hours

9am - 4pm

Last entry

4pm

Address

169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney