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ST JAMES' CHURCH SPIRE
Anglican Church at King Street, Sydney

Completion: 2008 - 2010
Client: The Trustees of St James' Church, Sydney

Conservation with New Works


St Jamesí Church, King Street, was designed by Francis Greenway and built with convict labour between 1819 and 1824. It is the oldest church building in the City of Sydney, and has been in continuous use since its consecration in 1824.

In 2006 investigations revealed that the tower and spire needed repair. The works program between 2008 and 2010 included repairs to interior framing timbers of the spire and repairs to tower masonry and joinery. The 1894 spire cladding was replaced with new copper and the 1820s cross and orb repaired. The project aim was to conserve for posterity a significant Sydney landmark and an important symbol of the Church. It sought to promote and show the traditional craft skills employed and to integrate modern and traditional technology and materials within this historic building.

In 2011 St James' Church Spire was awarded the AIA (NSW) Greenway Award for Heritage Architecture.

Photographs 2, 3, 4 © Christopher Shain

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