Royal Naval House, street view from Grosvenor Street.

Royal Naval House, view from Grosvenor Street. Photo courtesy Grosvenor Place

Royal Naval House

Sunday 3 November

32-34 Grosvenor Street, Sydney

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Varney Parkes and G.W. Landers

Royal Naval House was built in 1889–90, designed by architect Varney Parkes, and added to by NSW Government Architect Walter Liberty Vernon in 1907. It served as a Royal Australian Navy amenities and accommodation building for 82 years, providing meals and housing for thousands of seamen. Besides sleeping facilities, the building in 1897 also housed reading rooms, dining rooms, billiard rooms and a gymnasium. The premises was referred to as ‘Johnny’s’, the name used by seamen until it closed in 1970. In 1987, work commenced on the $12.5 million reconstruction and renovation of Royal Naval House and Federation Hall in Grosvenor Street to enable the buildings to house the Sydney Futures Exchange. The work involved the reinstatement of the original verandah and courtyard in a new location, and the restoration of the street facades.

The original facade is from the Federation period and the building features stained-glass windows, a stunning glass atrium, and a distinguished stair hall.

Visitors will see the lobby, stair hall, and atrium.

  • Interior photograph of Royal Naval House focusing on the stair hall.

On Sunday 3 November

What’s open?

Lobby and atrium.

Talks, tours & more

Priority access for SLM Members

Members get priority access to this building
Show your special Member wristband to gain priority access during Sydney Open.

to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Toilets available

Opening hours

9am - 4pm

Last entry



32-34 Grosvenor Street, Sydney


Royal Naval House's participation in Sydney Open has been made possible by Dexus, Mirvac and Arcadia.