Gallery Back Save Barry Humphries favourite buildings Share facebook SHARE twitter TWEET email google-plus linkedin reddit More Barry Humphries takes a tour of his favourite Sydney buildings. Previous slide Next slide Humphries stares up at the Hall of Memory domed ceiling at the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park. The ceiling is covered in 120,000 golden stars honouring the NSW men and women who enlisted for service in World War One. Photo: Sahlan Hayes Standing outside the imposing ANZAC Memorial, Humphries believes the ‘beautiful” building to be superior to its “heavy and ponderous” equivalent in his hometown of Melbourne. Photo: Sahlan Hayes A characteristically nattily-attired Humphries photographed in the back seat of a stretch limousine, hired especially for the occasion of the Herald’s tour of his favourite Sydney buildings. Photo: Sahlan Hayes Humphries pictured in front of the stained glass, George Street-facing windows of the Queen Victoria Building, which he describes as one of the great Victorian-era artifices of the southern hemisphere. Photo: Sahlan Hayes “I love it because it’s still there, Humphries says of the QVB, where he’s pictured on the ornate stairways on the York Street side of the building. “It’s survived and it’s not a car-park.” Photo: Sahlan Hayes Dame Edna’s alter ego relaxes in the back of the limo, en route to the next stop on his Sydney architectural tour. “I’m extremely cynical but it’s a wasted opportunity, Sydney, isn’t it? But it’s still a lovely place to live.” Photo: Sahlan Hayes One of Barry Humphries’ favourite Sydney buildings is the art-deco City Mutual Building in Hunter Street, described as the city’s first US-style skyscraper. It now hosts Neil Perry’s popular Rockpool Bar & Grill restaurant. Photo: Sahlan Hayes Inside the City Mutual Building’s on the balcony above the elegant main hall. The building was designed by the Sydney architect Emil Sodersten who also conceived Canberra’s landmark Australian War Memorial. Photo: Sahlan Hayes “The old Sydney trick is to let a building become derelict so that it’s easier to pull down,” says Humphries, pictured outside the City Mutual Building, which fortunately managed to survive the developer’s wrecking ball. Photo: Sahlan Hayes The Australian Glass Manufacturers Building, Waterloo is our final tour stop. The façade employs thousands of glass bricks which Humphries nostalgically recalls his father using in his Melbourne construction business. Photo: Sahlan Hayes “I’m extremely cynical but it’s a wasted opportunity, Sydney, isn’t it?,” says Humphries, bemoaning the loss of so many of the city’s old and cherished building stock. “But it’s still a lovely place to live.” Photo: Sahlan Hayes The tour’s over. It’s time for Barry Humphries to head back to his harbour-side apartment at The Rocks, and lunch. But not before he stops to provide his autograph for three fans from the hotel opposite the AGM Building. Photo: Sahlan Hayes of More Galleries Previous Next Out of the shadows - the photography of Olive Cotton Fashion and fisticuffs at the Royal Queensbury Championship Fantasy fantastic as Ozcom hits Perth Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2016 A brolly good show Gorgeous George Clooney on the big (and small) screen Marilyn Monroe at the Bendigo Art Gallery, March 5 to July 10, 2016 Oslo Davis's residency in "Reza"