Darwin city | Chin Wah Building | The Sue Wah Chin Building in Cavenagh Street, Darwin Northern Territory Australia

 

  • Arieal view of Darwin City by Mark Christie

    Chin Wah Building, Darwin in Northern Territory Australia
    • The Sue Wah Chin Building in Cavenagh Street, Darwin Northern Territory Australia

    • The Sue Wah Chin Building is a single storey building divided into five commercial premises.

    Situated along Cavenagh street just after knuckey street intersection it is a darwin heritage icon.

    As this was wrtten there are still some shops such as a tropgphy shop, clothes alteration shop and clothes shop. With it's known close associations with the Darwin Chin family and their poineering spirit in the territory.

    This stone building, built around the 1880s, is the only building associated with Darwin’s nineteenth century ‘Chinatown’ which still survives. It is also one of only a few 19th century buildings that survive in the Darwin City Centre.

    External and dividing walls are constructed of local porcellanite stone. External walls to the rear and the side are of coursed rubble construction, with tuck-pointed joints. The front wall was originally constructed in this fashion, with rendered frames around windows and doors.

    The entire front wall has now been rendered, with ruled lines used to imitate ashlar masonry.

    Each shopfront has an identical pattern of openings, with a central door and a window each side.

    The front verandah consists of a simple timber-framed awning supported on timber posts. The footpath is raised about 300mm above the level of Cavenagh Street. The footpath itself is of recent construction. Courtesy of Northern Territory Government

    Located - situated: Lot 2328, Town of Darwin (33 Cavenagh Street)

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