I think the real gem to emerge from the soot was the Long Library Building - I know the Victorians are criticised for replacing the original redish sandstone with dull granite, but they had little option given the dubious track record of sandstone in general.
Does anyone know if the limestone arcading of the ground floor is the original?
The building looks fantastic, esp emerging from the 'tunnel' from Nassau St, with the hundreds of panes of glass catching the light.
The sheer scale of the building is breathtaking.
If the Victorians had refaced the building 10/15 years later we would have ended up with plain single pane sashes of plate/cylinder glass, which would have been a great shame.
I agree about the Museum Bldg, it's such a pity the foliage etc is so obscured.