St Olaf House was designed by H S Goodhart-Rendel for the Hay's Wharf Company in 1928-32.
The Thames frontage (above) carries the name of the company in gold stylised lettering along the top.
The central section of the riverside facade features 3 stylised figures and 36 smaller abstract panels, also coloured gold.
At first glance the Tooley Street facade aapears nowhere near as decorative but on closer examination there are some lovely features starting with the stylised St Olaf House above the doorway almost at street-level.
St Olave, himself, King of Norway, is represented on the curved corner of the building surrounded by thin rectangular windows arranged in sets of three.
Then at the other end of the building, the windows are arranged, still in sets of three, but offset so that they step down.
But my favourite is this doorway. Again St Olaf House is spelt out in stylised gold lettering. And the door is stunning with the wave motif protrayed in the metalwork.
MELBOURNE ART DECO
In 2009 Robin Grow published a book on Melbourne Art Deco, with images largely supplied by David Thompson. The book quickly sold out and he is pleased to say that it has now been re-published by Brolga Press, with updates, errors corrected and a new cover.
Best of all, it is selling for about $25 in the shops and on-line. Art Deco & Modernism Society members can purchase a copy from me for $22, (includes postage within Australia). For overseas orders please email for postage rates. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.