History

Booth House stands on the corner of Bridge and Young Streets, one block south of Sydney's Circular Quay. It was built by Frederick Harper Booth in 1938 as a base for his wool-broking business which stretched around the world. The building reflects an important period of development in the city during the 1930s and is an excellent and rare expression of the Functionalist style meeting a need for continuous natural light, through bands of windows, to accommodate wool-broking activities.

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Significance

"The nine-storey former Booth House is an intact example of the Inter-war Functionalist style office building. It is one of only a few such office buildings in Sydney's CBD. [It] is of such high significance any proposal for future works of a substantial nature should be carried out in accordance with a conservation plan." - NSW State Heritage Inventory

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Credits: All historical and architectural notes are from the NSW State Heritage Inventory and are reproduced here with gratitude. Most photographs are from the State Library of NSW collection.