City of Sydney Buys Customs House

The City of Sydney has acquired the historic Customs House from from the Commonwealth Department of Finance for an undisclosed sum.

The 174-year old Circular Quay property, which remains Australia’s oldest surviving customs building, was owned by the Commonwealth Department of Finance and under a 60-year lease to council.

The iconic Sydney landmark, which was home to Australian Customs between 1845 and 1990, acted as a gateway to Australia, welcoming goods and people through its doors.

The building has since become a mixed-use commercial property leased to retailers and office tenants as well as housing a library and exhibition space.

The building, which holds a net lettable 6,900sq m, has hosted Olympic live sites and Vivid light displays and, with its proximity to one of Sydney’s busiest public transport hubs, has become a popular meeting place.

“Customs House is one of Australia’s finest buildings and I’m delighted it will remain in public hands,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“We will now look at how we can improve the building to ensure it remains a valuable community asset for generations to come.”

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