Rowe Street, Sydney

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Rowe Street, Sydney

Rowe Street is a narrow laneway in Sydney, Australia. It is located in the Sydney central business district, off Pitt Street.


Rowe Street originally ran between Castlereagh Street and Pitt Street, parallel to Martin Place and takes it name from the prominent New South Wales architect Thomas Rowe.[1]

Rowe Street was a centre for Sydney's bohemian life from the late 19th century until the 1970s. The precinct included the original Theatre Royal, the Playbox Theatre, art studios and galleries, restaurants, cafés and coffee shops, many well-known fashion, clothing, interior design and jewellery shops, and Rowe Street Records, one of the first specialist import record stores in Australia.[2]

Most of the Rowe Street precinct, including the palatial Hotel Australia, was demolished in the early 1970s to make way for the MLC Centre, a monolithic modernist edifice designed by controversial Sydney architect Harry Seidler. A small section remains today as link from Pitt street to Lees Circuit and the entrance to the shopping Centre and food court, below the MLC Centre. The beautiful old building on the corner of Pitt and Rowe Streets was the Millions Club and later became the Sydney Club still remains to-day, the only original building in the laneway.

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  1. ^ Freeland, J. M. (1976). "Rowe, Thomas (1829–1899)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Remembering Rowe Street

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