Wakefield House and Festival Records Building

Wakefield House and Festival Records Building, on the corner of Bulwara Road and Miller Street, is listed on the State Heritage register as an example of an inter-war functionalist industrial building. Built in 1939, it was occupied by C C Wakefield & Co, then (from 1962) by Castrol Oil. However, it is chiefly famous as the home (from 1967) of the Festival Records recording studio. Famous Festival artists whose work was recorded here include the Bee Gees, Johnny O’Keefe, Kylie Minogue, Yothu Yindi, Jimmy Little and Cold Chisel. Peter Allen recorded I Still Call Australia Home here.

After Festival Records departed in the 1990s, the building stood empty until 2006 when it was reborn as offices and Pyrmont’s first supermarket.

Few new buildings were made in Pyrmont between the wars, and this building is most distinctive for its asymmetrical shape and rounded corners, built of cream brick with bands of green glazed bricks and metal framed windows.