Image: Parkes-Farmer Eastern Wing

Parkes-Farmer Eastern Wing

The Parkes/Farmer Eastern Wing demonstrating the international style of the William Street extension.

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1959-1963: Parkes/Farmer Eastern Wing

William Street Extension
International Style

In 1957 plans were made to extend the Museum down William street, and Joseph Van der Steen under Government Architect, Edward Farmer, designed a six storey extension, linked to the Lewis building by a glazed entrance & stairwell.

The two basement floors providing workspace for scientific staff were built 1959-1960, and the superstructure was finished in 1963. This wing presents a blank windowless façade to the street. In 1977, to mark the Museum's 150th anniversary, bronze lower case letters were added to the façade identifying the building as 'the australian museum'.

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