ABOUT US

The First Choice Venue for Meetings, Conferences and Events in Sydney’s CBD. SMC is a world-class purpose-built event venue defined by striking monumental architecture. Thirteen fully-accessible multi-purpose spaces range from the majestic Marble Foyer to the Grand Lodge tiered 600-seat auditorium and lavish Banquet Hall to flexible conference rooms, and all complemented by elegant contemporary interiors, advanced audio-visual technology and enterprise-class digital connectivity. Renowned for exceptional customer service and catering, SMC delivers excellence in every respect.

 

“…an architectural experience of great sophistication and delight, boldly conceived and carried through without compromise.” Concrete Poetry, 2004

ABOUT US

The First Choice Venue for Meetings, Conferences and Events in Sydney’s CBD. SMC is a world-class purpose-built event venue defined by striking monumental architecture. Fifteen fully-accessible multi-purpose spaces range from the majestic Marble Foyer to the Grand Lodge tiered 600-seat auditorium and lavish Banquet Hall to flexible conference rooms, and all complemented by elegant contemporary interiors, advanced audio-visual technology and enterprise-class digital connectivity. Renowned for exceptional customer service and award-winning catering, SMC delivers excellence in every respect.

“…an architectural experience of great sophistication and delight, boldly conceived and carried through without compromise.” Concrete Poetry, 2004

VISION AND VALUES

Professional Service

SMC’s Vision of being “the first choice venue for meetings, conference and events in Sydney’s CBD” is not something we take lightly. We are constantly striving to achieve this vision through living and breathing our values of Integrity, Honesty and Diversity. Pleasingly our clients tell us we are on the right track through our monitoring and feedback mechanisms though we do not sit on our laurels.

 

At SMC our decisions and actions are not guided by commercial success or the bottom line. Of course they’re both important to ensure growth and prosperity, however our decisions and directions are based on the value and benefit to our community. Our community includes our clients and staff, our neighbours and stakeholders, community groups, not for profits and any group or individual that could benefit from using a world class venue like SMC to communicate to their local audience.

 

SMC strongly believes in giving back to the community by assisting or partnering with a number of industry bodies and culturally aligned organisations through sponsorships, providing in kind support and lending our expertise or experience. Organisations that benefit from this support include cultural organisations, charities, youth groups, not for profits, training organisations and many more.

 

We have developed long lasting, positive relationships throughout the Sydney CBD with other events and hospitality related organisations to ensure that the wider business community benefits from the significant number of, and range of national and international events held at the SMC.

ARCHITECTURE

Concrete structure and Brutalist forms

SMC is an important architectural landmark in modern Sydney. Designed by the firm Joseland & Gilling, the building is distinguished by its expressed concrete form, bold curves and advanced structural engineering that make it an outstanding example of the Brutalist style. SMC ushers in a new era while paying every respect to the original architecture and spirit of this landmark building. The materials and palette of the original structure carries through the interior design of the recently renovated function rooms on Level 4. Off-form concrete finishes were used internally to reference the exterior treatment. Curved timer battened walls echo the concrete curves of the built form. Timber textures continue throughout with oak framed glazing and bespoke oak furnishings. This design aesthetic brings the mid-20th century Brutalist style into the luxurious 21st century experience.

 

…an architectural experience of great sophistication and delight, boldly conceived and carried through without compromise.” Concrete Poetry, 2004

WHAT WE DO

Providing Flexible Event Space

At SMC our goal is to create memorable events for any occasion, offering 13 diverse function rooms to make your business and your conference team truly shine. Our sales and events team make planning your next function simple and stress-free, providing a dedicated event manager to guide you through every last detail. Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner or a large scale conference including exhibition space. They can also recommend an extensive list of leading Sydney event suppliers who can provide furniture, styling, flowers and entertainment.

VISION AND VALUES

Professional Service

SMC’s Vision of being “the first choice venue for meetings, conference and events in Sydney’s CBD” is not something we take lightly. We are constantly striving to achieve this vision through living and breathing our values of Integrity, Honesty and Diversity. Pleasingly our clients tell us we are on the right track through our monitoring and feedback mechanisms though we do not sit on our laurels.

 

At SMC our decisions and actions are not guided by commercial success or the bottom line. Of course they’re both important to ensure growth and prosperity, however our decisions and directions are based on the value and benefit to our community. Our community includes our clients and staff, our neighbours and stakeholders, community groups, not for profits and any group or individual that could benefit from using a world class venue like SMC to communicate to their local audience.

 

SMC strongly believes in giving back to the community by assisting or partnering with a number of industry bodies and culturally aligned organisations through sponsorships, providing in kind support and lending our expertise or experience. Organisations that benefit from this support include cultural organisations, charities, youth groups, not for profits, training organisations and many more.

 

We have developed long lasting, positive relationships throughout the Sydney CBD with other events and hospitality related organisations to ensure that the wider business community benefits from the significant number of, and range of national and international events held at the SMC.

ARCHITECTURE

Concrete structure and Brutalist forms

SMC is an important architectural landmark in modern Sydney. Designed by the firm Joseland & Gilling, the building is distinguished by its expressed concrete form, bold curves and advanced structural engineering that make it an outstanding example of the Brutalist style. SMC ushers in a new era while paying every respect to the original architecture and spirit of this landmark building. The materials and palette of the original structure carries through the interior design of the recently renovated function rooms on Level 4. Off-form concrete finishes were used internally to reference the exterior treatment. Curved timer battened walls echo the concrete curves of the built form. Timber textures continue throughout with oak framed glazing and bespoke oak furnishings. This design aesthetic brings the mid-20th century Brutalist style into the luxurious 21st century experience.

 

…an architectural experience of great sophistication and delight, boldly conceived and carried through without compromise.” Concrete Poetry, 2004

WHAT WE DO

Providing Flexible Event Space

At SMC our goal is to create memorable events for any occasion, offering 13 diverse function rooms to make your business and your conference team truly shine. Our sales and events team make planning your next function simple and stress-free, providing a dedicated event manager to guide you through every last detail. Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner or a large scale conference including exhibition space. They can also recommend an extensive list of leading Sydney event suppliers who can provide furniture, styling, flowers and entertainment.

HISTORY

SYDNEY MASONIC CENTRE TIMELINE

1877

Grand Lodge of NSW established

1884

Backhouse & Lough design the New Masonic Hall at 279-281 Castlereagh St, Sydney

1935-45

Acquisition of Adjoining Properties

1967

Appointment of Grand Architect TW Hodgson and architect Ronald Gilling of Joseland & Gilling to design SMC

1976

Foundation stone laid

1978

SMC Completed

1979

SMC officially opened and dedicated on 10 March

2004

Office tower atop SMC completed

1877

Grand Lodge of NSW established

1884

Backhouse & Lough design the New Masonic Hall at 279-281 Castlereagh St, Sydney

1935-45

Acquisition of Adjoining Properties

1967

Appointment of Grand Architect TW Hodgson and architect Ronald Gilling of Joseland & Gilling to design SMC

1976

Foundation stone laid

1978

SMC Completed

1979

SMC officially opened and dedicated on 10 March

2004

Office tower atop SMC completed

1877

Grand Lodge of NSW established

1884

Backhouse & Lough design the New Masonic Hall at 279-281 Castlereagh St, Sydney

1935-45

Acquisition of Adjoining Properties

1967

Appointment of Grand Architect TW Hodgson and architect Ronald Gilling of Joseland & Gilling to design SMC

1976

Foundation stone laid

1978

SMC Completed

1979

SMC officially opened and dedicated on 10 March

2004

Office tower atop SMC completed

FIND US

LOCATION

Sydney Masonic Centre (SMC) central CBD location at 66 Goulburn St on the corner of Castlereagh St Sydney is just a 3-minute stroll (300m) from Museum station, a 10-minute walk (700m) from Central Station and Town Hall Station and is serviced by major bus routes. Affordable, secure parking is available opposite the centre. Situated amongst cafes, restaurants and the vibrant city retail precinct, SMC’s proximity to quality affiliated hotels makes SMC attractive to organisers hosting delegates for multi-day events. Our central location close to Town Hall and Central makes Sydney Masonic Centre the ideal venue for Sydneysiders and visitors. 66 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Arriving by train? The closest station is Museum Station (300 metres or a 3 minute walk) and then Central Station (700 metres or 7 minutes). To walk from Museum Station, simply follow the Castlereagh Street exit signs inside the station, then turn left heading south down Castlereagh Street. At the first intersection (corner of Castlereagh & Goulburn Streets), turn right to come to the SMC main entrance at 66 Goulburn Street. Additionally several bus stops are close by and take you to major landmarks eg. Martin Place or Circular Quay. Another fast and convenient option is the newly built Light Rail on George Street providing easy access to SMC.

PARKING

Parking close by:

Secure World Square Car park – 50 Goulburn Street

Secure Goulburn Street Car park – 101 Goulburn Street

SMC HOTEL PARTNERS

Located within a stone’s throw of the venue are a range of quality affiliated hotels that makes SMC an attractive option to organisers hosting delegates for multi-day events. Click on the hotel icon in the above map to see each hotel’s address, phone number and website, or download SMC’s Accommodation Fact sheet.

THE SMC TEAM

At SMC, creating world class events comes down to the winning collaborations between event organisers and the calibre of the centre’s event delivery team. For event organisers, it is always reassuring to deal with an experienced team. The teamwork at SMC is like Swiss precision clockwork with every cog finely tuned and expertly in sync with the others. “Everyone gets along famously provides an atmosphere of infectious enthusiasm that makes every aspect of event planning and delivery a joy through collaboration. Whether you’re planning a conference, gala, exhibition or any combination thereof, we invite you to come and experience our all-round service excellence for your next event”.

General Manager Paul Davison.

SMC Group 010621-4

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