Sydney Architecture Images- Central Business District

Former Scottish House


Spain & Cosh


17-19 Bridge Street




Commercial Pallazo


Steel/Concrete frame, stone cladding.


Office Building
Along with Robertson & Marks, the firm of Spain & Cosh excelled at
designing office buildings in the Commercial Palazzo style. Two representative
surviving works by Spain & Cosh are the exemplary former
Scottish House (1926) on the corner of Bridge Street and Tank Stream
Way and the former Shell House (1938) on the corner of
Carrington Street and Margaret Street. The latter building is
faced with buff-coloured tenacotta and is an extremely 'stripped' version
of the style - as befits the late 1930s - with an incongruous Art
Deco ziggurat rising above the cornice to house a large clock.


Singapore Airlines House is an excellent example of the Commercial Palazzo form. Generally the building reflects an important period of development in the city during the 1920s-1930s, and the association of this area of the city with professional premises. The building is an early example of C B Dellit's work (mainly the facade) and records a lengthy association with the firm of Spain & Cosh, a renowned practice before and after World War I. The scale, proportion and sandstone exterior provide an important contribution to the townscape character of Bridge Street on a highly visible corner site.

11 storey + basement rendered masonry building in the Inter-War Commercial Palazzo style. The Singapore Airlines House, is an eleven storey office building designed in 1925 by Spain & Cosh in the Inter-War Commercial Palazzo Style and extended in 1927 in the same style. This is a prominent corner building with a rectilinear smooth-dressed sandstone facade. It has restrained classical exterior detailing including a bracketed cornice, balconettes, and doric order columns and pilasters. The building's chamfered corner and detailing denote the main entry. The entry foyer features marble and granite clad walls and floors. The interiors have been subject to extensive and constant alteration from the 1930s onward including the introduction of a mezzanine in 1946. The upper level office fit outs are comprised of plasterboard stud walls, suspended ceilings and glazed partitions. Category:Individual Building. Style:Inter-War Commercial Palazzo. Storeys:11 + basement. Facade:Sandstone cladding, glass and alumin. shopfront. Side/Rear Walls:Rendered masonry. Internal Walls:Plasterbd. and stud, glass, timber & stud, marble and granite facing. Roof Cladding:Corrugated steel sheeting. Internal Structure:Reinf. conc. column and beam. Floor:Reinf. conc. slab, carpet, granite. Roof:Steel framing. Ceilings:Susp. acoustic tiles. Stairs:Reinf. conc. stair, steel balustrade and handrail. Fire Stairs:2. Sprinkler System:Yes. Lifts:3, modern.

First known as "Scottish House", Singapore Airlines House was designed by Spain & Cosh in 1924-25. Bruce Dellit, at that time employed by the firm, was principally responsible for the facade. The builders were Stuart Bros. The building was apparently extended almost immediately. Stuart Bros were called upon to further excavate the site in 1927 and Spain & Cosh made application for an extension to Scottish House in the same year. The interiors have been subject to extensive alterations particularly during the 1930s. This work included the rearrangement of internal space through partition walls and the insertion of windows in the western wall (1935), the creation of a mezzanine floor (1946), alterations and additions to the ground, mezzanine and several other floors (1960), introduction of suspended ceilings (1963), alterations to the stairway, ground and mezzanine (1976) and renovation of the entire building in 1981. The alterations work has largely been the result of changing tenancies including the introduction of a restaurant, chandlery and boutique. Numerous design firms have contributed to these changes although Spain & Cosh retained a long term association.