The site of 50 Lonsdale Street has a rich and colourful history; formerly the red light district of the city and in dubious proximity to Parliament. Historical elements such as 19th Century buildings and laneways, as well as artefacts unearthed in the development process have been respected, reinterpreted and given new life.
For example, the original laneways, which were lost to title consolidation in the mid-20th Century, have been ‘returned to the city’ as pedestrian thoroughfares which now pass through the foyer.
An archaeological dig also liberated historic artefacts that date back to the 1850s. These items are now showcased along the length of the foyer in glazed cases, together with artwork by Rosslynd Piggott, a highly regarded local contemporary artist. The historic artefacts offer a rare and tangible insight into how people lived in the 19th Century.