Exterior of City Tattersalls club taken from Pitt Street at night.

City Tattersalls Club, Exterior. Photo (c) Penelope Beveridge

City Tattersalls Club

Sunday 3 November

194-204 Pitt Street, Sydney

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Built

1890 (202 Pitt Street), 1924 (198 Pitt Street)

Architect

Sheerin & Hennessy (202 Pitt Street), E.L. Thompson (198 Pitt Street)

Additional architects

Robertson & Marks Architects (1914, Billiard Room addition)

Sidney Warden (1935, Lower bar fitout replacing 1924 interior)

City Tattersalls Club operates out of two interlinked buildings, at 198 and 202–204 Pitt Street, Sydney. Each building was purpose built for club use, but not by the same club. City Tattersalls Club built its original premises at 198 Pitt Street in 1924. An example of Interwar Commercial Palazzo architecture, the building has a restrained facade treatment with decorative arched windows and a heavily moulded cornice. The Lower Bar on the ground floor was fitted out in the late 1930s in the Art Deco style, and has recently been renovated to its former glory.

202–204 Pitt Street was purpose-built by the similarly named Tattersalls Club (often referred to as Big Tatts) in 1891 in the Late Victorian Free Classical style, with classical arches and carved sandstone floral wreaths, saddles and jockeys on the facade. City Tattersalls Club now owns both buildings. The three-storey Victorian building retains its original ornate ceiling on the top floor. The original lantern-shaped skylights are a classic example of Late Victorian Nouveau with its ostentatious use of fine and decorative art. These lantern skylights are currently hidden behind a false ceiling in the administration area of the Club and will be open for viewing.

Also open for Sydney Open visitors will be the hidden two-storey Safe Room, containing hundreds of unopened safety deposit boxes, most of which have been locked for over 50 years.

  • Historical photograph of the City Tattersalls Club, Sydney's Lower Bar
  • Historical photograph of the City Tattersalls Club, Sydney 'Main Club Lounge.'

On Sunday 3 November


What’s open?

Hidden two-storey Safe Room. City Tattersalls office space, featuring exposed original ceiling. The Art Deco lower bar and members' private bar.

Due to the City Tattersalls Club licencing requirements, all Sydney Open visitors will be required to sign-in upon entry, unless they are already members of City Tattersalls Club. This will require visitors to supply their ID to the reception desk staff to scan and keep on file for the duration of Sunday 3 November.


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Need
to know

  • Photography restricted
    No photos in gaming areas.

  • Toilets available

  • Food & drink available

  • Accessible
    The Office and Members’ private bar is accessible by stairs.


Opening hours

9am - 4pm

Last entry

4pm

Address

194-204 Pitt Street, Sydney

Entry via

Pitt Street