City Tattersalls Club
Listen to experts Peter Georgeson and Marea Donnelly talk about architectural gems such as the Art Deco Lower Bar, the Omega Lounge (previously the Corinthian Room) and the Dining Room within the Corporate Concierge area. Hear stories of some of the Club’s most interesting guests and its social history through the decades.
Marea Donnelly is a journalist, the Club’s official historian and author of its 125-year commemorative monograph, On a winner.
Peter Georgeson is an architect and the Club’s Head of Property and Assets. Peter is the founder of a small architectural practice with an interest in the adaptive re-use of buildings and has been associated with City Tattersalls Club since 2003.
Founded in 1895 by 20 bookmakers, City Tattersalls Club has been an integral part of Sydney for over 120 years, and is today among the largest prestige clubs in Australia. Originally designed by architects Sheerin & Hennessy, the heritage-listed premises span four building facades along Pitt Street. Over decades, numerous changes have been made internally, but many heritage elements are still intact. Plans were approved in 2020 for a major redevelopment that will see restoration by FJMT of the original building facades, and the addition of a new 49-storey tower above by BVN Architecture with a 100-room boutique hotel and 246 residential apartments. Sydney Open visitors are being treated to a last, virtual look before the hoardings go up and works commence in 2022. The new Club is scheduled to open in 2026, so this is a rare opportunity to view the ‘before and after’ of a landmark Sydney site.