Customs House is one of the most important of a small number of Sydney’s prestige buildings designed by the renowned colonial architect, James Barnet. The Federal Government made a gift of the building in 1990 to the City of Sydney Council together with funds for its refurbishment, with the proviso that the building be put to “majority public use”.

As a major part of the 1997 refurbishment of the building, Jackson Teece was engaged to develop a program for the conservation of the sandstone façades.

Within the constraints of the available budget, services for the repair of the façades included a selective repair and cleaning program for the sandstone in addition to the copperwork, leadwork and timber windows.

In addition to our heritage conservation work on this landmark project, Jackson Teece was commissioned, in association with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, to provide architectural designs and the fitout for the substantial reworking and revitalisation of the interior space.


2000 RAIA Commendation, Conservation & Adaptive Re-Use Customs House