in the centre
of waterfront

Levy Building, 20 Customs Street East.

Levy Building, 20 Customs Street East

The Levy Building was designed by Edward Bartley and opened in 1888. It has been extensively altered in the years since, although the form you see today is essentially how it looked in the 1930s. During World War II the building housed the YWCA Downtown Club, which opened in 1942 in response to fears that a lack of suitable venues in which servicewomen could entertain men might lead to them frequenting hotel bars. 

A thousand people used the club and its snack bars, lounges and dance floor each day.