Reid House is at the centre of the Sydney CBD where the business district meets the fashion strip. Our project saw the ambitious restoration of the shop fronts, foyer and façade windows lost thirty years ago.

Based on original drawings, the design reinstated Edwardian shop fronts on the three original shopfronts. Acknowledging the conversion of the warehouse into offices in the 1930s, the barber shop and front door, and a spacious foyer have art deco detailing. The awning was stripped back to reveal its original structure. Modern metal windows on several floors were replaced with timber framed frames consistent with the surviving windows.

The work was made possible through monies acquired by the owners through the Heritage Floor Space scheme offered through the City of Sydney Council. HAA was instrumental in the application for Reid House to benefit from this scheme. Funds received through the HFS scheme can only be used for works to the listed building.

Reid House received an Architecture Award for Heritage in the NSW Chapter of the AIA 2021 Awards.

Photos © Mark Syke & Evolving Pictures