Soul Pattinson Building
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The Soul Pattinson Building is a Victorian Italianate shopping centre and office building in Sydney. The Soul Pattinson Building is located in the heart of the Sydney central business district, at 158–160 Pitt Street, between Pitt Street Mall and Castlereagh Street, and opposite the Strand Arcade.
Washington H. Soul Pattinson & Co first occupied premises at 177 Pitt Street. In 1873 the business moved to larger premises at 158–160 Pitt Street where it remained until the building burnt down in 1886. By 1887 the building was replaced with a new store named Phoenix Chambers (attributed to a design by the Mansfield Brothers). This remains the company's head office and flagship Soul Pattinson store.
The building contained several innovative measures including an American-style soda fountain that survived until 1948 and a Ladies Department run by a nurse.