Elizabeth Bay House
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Elizabeth Bay House information
Completed in 1839 for Colonial Secretary Alexander Macleay, this elegant neoclassical mansion by architect John Verge was one of the finest houses in the colony (and still is). Its grounds – a sort of botanical garden for Macleay, who collected plants from around the world – extended from the harbour all the way up the hill to Kings Cross.
Ugly 20th-century apartments now surround it, but the exquisite oval salon and stairwell are timeless architectural delights.