The Ann & Dale oozes cool 70s retro. The building’s strong lines, bold architectural form and inner sanctum landscaping are unique to the era. Rising up from the original sandstone wall and ornate entryway, The Ann & Dale building stands five storeys high, offset by the famous Witches House inclusive of The Abbey (next door) of the National Estate registered, circa 1877. The existing modernist brick building structure follows the linear, angular form perforated with extra large windows that was brought into being in the 70s. And unlike modern buildings internal walls are full brick and both kitchens and bathrooms have windows.
Employing 70s inspired detailing, colour and graphics, and verdant, tropical plant life to grace the indoor gardens unique to this era, the common areas have an uplifting vibrancy that is typical of designer 70s apartment buildings. The retro vibe is also present in so many of Annandale’s funky boutique shops, cafés and pubs. Gallins Musician Pro shop stocks rare and unique guitars from around the world and the Vintage Record Store has 15,000 vinyls! Antique furniture shops abound. Step back in time for High Tea at the Victoria or a coffee at Revolver, located in what was the old local pub – built in 1893. Or explore the Heritage listed Rozelle Tramsheds, soon to be home to every foodies’ idea of heaven with its Artisan Lane and European inspired food hall.