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Cleland Bond Store (part of Argyle Stores)

Location: 33 Playfair Street, The Rocks, NSW 2000

Constructed: 1913-1914

The Argyle Stores demonstrate the early history of Sydney by including the substantial remains of one the earliest surviving commercial buildings in Sydney, dating from c1826, as well as one of the earliest surviving building occupied for use as a Customs House from 1830 until 1850. The group of buildings is probably unique in Sydney in its ability to demonstrate changing warehouse design and construction from the early 19th to the early 20th century and, despite numerous alterations, the buildings still retain much of the fabric of their major phases of development and use as commercial stores. These buildings are believed to be among the first historic buildings in NSW to be recycled for new uses in a way designed to respect the earlier historical significance of the site, and therefore represent and important landmark in the history of conservation. The buildings provide clear evidence of early conservation practice and philosophy.

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Name of item: Cleland Bond Store (part of Argyle Stores)
Other name/s: Cleland Store
Type of item: Built
Collection: Retail and Wholesale
Category: Shopping/retail complex
Location: 33 Playfair Street, The Rocks, NSW 2000
Local Govt: Sydney
Constructed: 1913-1914
Current use: Shops / Department Store
Former use: Warehouse / Bond Store