George Street Gatehouse

Rob Tuckwell

George Street Gatehouse


Government Architect’s Office (NSW)

Project designer

Glenn McIntosh


George Street, Parramatta Park


Parramatta Park Trust

Project cost





Australian Institute of Architects, NSW Awards Heritage (Conservation) – Shortlisted

National Trust of Australia (NSW) – Highly Commended

NSW Public Works – Strengthening the Environment and Community – Winner

The conservation and adaptation of the 1885 George Street Gatehouse revitalises the existing formal entrance to Parramatta Park at the junction of George and O’Connell Streets. The project includes a new pavilion addition, which together with the existing Gatehouse breathes new life into the precinct through their combined function as a cafe.

Indoor seating for the cafe is located in the existing Gatehouse, while the addition provides outdoor seating, as well as the cafe’s kitchen, servery and amenities. Its proportions act as a counterpoint to the Gatehouse, while its palette of materials and colours recedes into the surrounding landscape, allowing the Gatehouse to maintain its prominence.