Sydney sketching – Town Hall, St Peters NSW 2044

July 9, 2012

2B pencil; 1pm mid-Winter. east-facing facade of St Peters’ Town Hall, 39 Unwin’s Bridge Road, St Peters NSW 2044. 150g Daler-Rowney 5×8″ sketchbook.

8km from Sydney’s city centre, this liver-brick facade with sandstone columns and first-floor balcony, slate roof and white-painted wooden eave struts (built 1927) faces east and invariably whenever I pass it is in shadow. At his time of day, the north facing facade was in some sunlight, so there seemed justification for attempting a sketch of it.  This building gives the impression of being somewhat forlorn these days, since the hub of civic activity has been moved to Marrickville and this suburb now forms part of the much larger Marrickville LGA. Since 1949, this Town Hall became the St Peters branch library of Marrickville Library; upstairs is a large meeting hall (south side) with a wooden floor. The width of eaves is conveyed by the shadows they cast on the north wall. Sketched from Sydenham Green, created in 1995 when houses were demolished because they were directly under the flightpath of the East-West runway of Mascot Airport.

I want to keep up the current momentum during this week in case I can make Saturday’s International SketchCrawl(TM) which will focus on the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney.  I am currently reading Ernest Watson on the importance of creating pattern in building sketches.


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