Sidney Warden Archive Collection
The Sidney Warden Archive contains photographs, drawings and journals relating to his designs for Tooth hotels in Sydney and New South Wales from the 1920s to 1950s.
Sidney Warden (1890-1959) was the most prolific of the several architects who designed hotels for Tooth & Co. He was the son of James George Warden, a leading Sydney hotel broker. After completing school, Warden was articled to the Sydney architect George Durrell. He then worked in London for some years, returning in 1922 to establish his own practice. By his own count, Warden's work encompassed 392 hotels, new buildings or alterations to existing hotels. During the 1930s Sydney's pub architecture came into its own, forming one of the most unusual creations of Australian architecture. In his Sydney Architecture survey, Graham Jahn emphasises its singularity: 'The Art Deco pub is an Australian phenomenon'. In fact, it was primarily a New South Wales phenomenon. Warden was at the forefront of this phenomenon and his hotels were leading examples of the genre. The Sidney Warden archive dates from 1922 to 1959. It is an outstanding record of New South Wales pub architecture, created by its leading practitioner. The archive consists mainly of photographic prints of Warden designed hotels as well as some drawings and architectural journals.
Some material in this collection may be subject to copyright
By appointment - Powerhouse Archives
A selection of material and a PDF Guide to the full archive (2007/61/1) is available on the Powerhouse Website
Architectural drawings; Journals; Photographs
Hotels and taverns
Sidney Warden; Tooth Hotels
New South Wales, Australia