Work to reconstruct the shopfronts of Reid House in Sydney’s King Street has begun. First cab off the rank is the Men’s Hairdressers which neighbours the building foyer. Hector Abrahams Architects have designed the building entrance and this small shopfront to 1936 detail, based on 1936 Building Application drawings when the building was converted from a warehouse into offices. The three larger shopfronts will be reconstructed to Edwardian (1914) detail, based on physical evidence surviving under later accretions and evidence from surviving contemporaneous city shopfronts (eg 1912 Johnsons Overalls Building). This work will also re-expose the rusticated Sydney sandstone wall facings and marble pilasters at either side of the western shopfront.
The new shopfronts, awning and foyer will restore Reid House to its historic form and improve the streetscape of King Street. The 11-storey timber framed building is heritage listed by the City of Sydney.