Large brick building with curves and windows on its facade.
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
9, 10 March, 10 – 11.30am

Ultimo Architecture and Heritage tour

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Join the Australian Architecture Association for a tour of Ultimo, providing key historical insight into the area, merging with contemporary architectural gems and social history.

Ultimo has a fascinating history with Colonial settlement of the inner city urban village beginning  in 1803, when 34 acres was granted to surgeon, John Harris, on lands traditionally inhabited by the Gadigal clan of the Eora nation.

Harris built a grand two storey residence on the property (demolished in 1932) called Ultimo House. Ultimo House remained one of the colony’s premier addresses well into the 1890s, while it’s surroundings became increasingly industrial in nature including slaughterhouses, rental properties and quarrying operations.

In the 1890s Sydney Technical College was established – putting Ultimo on the cultural map. Twentieth and twenty-first century additions of educational buildings have reinforced Ultimo’s reputation as a centre for learning.

Over the two hour walk you’ll discover some of the suburbs architectural gems and open spaces, including the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Sydney Technical College (TAFE NSW Sydney Institute), the Powerhouse Museum, and the Goods Line.


March 9, 10am – 11:30am: Ultimo Architecture & Heritage Tour

March 10, 10am – 11:30am: Ultimo Architecture & Heritage Tour

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, Gehry Partners. Image courtesy of MAAS.