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Design and Construction, 1891

When English architect, John Spencer unveiled his plans for the arcade in the mid-1880s he received a standing ovation. The plans were ambitious. The arcade was to be 340 fee...

The Ambassadors Café, 1920s

An "indiscretion" in the Wentworth Hotel between a "lady in a low cut dress" and a "slightly drunk" party-goer swung the Strand Arcade into the 20s. The details of the incide...

The Depression, 1930s

The depression brought everything back down to earth in the early thirties. One regular visitor to the Strand, Barbera Preece, remembered the spirit of friendliness and resou...

Chequers Night Club, 1950s

Most of the action in the Strand during the fifties seemed to take place in the basement. The scene was Chequers Night Club, owned by the infamous Wong family who lent a touc...

Devastating Fire, 1976

Since the war and during the fifties the arcade has become quite run down. In 1974 it was given an "A" classification by the National trust and bought by the Prudential who b...

A Browser's Paradise, early 1900s

As Sydney grew around the arcade, it changed very little inside and soon became a refuge from increasingly crowded, noisy streets. The early 1900s are remembered by people wh...

The Strand Arcade Today

The Strand Arcade remains a majestic beauty in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Sydney's CBD. Many retailers including The Nut Shop, Elie's leather Repair and Strand Ha...