I suppose it isn't good form to complain that there are too many trees in the streets of my home town of Melbourne. The problem is, I can't get a clear photo of one of my favourite Melbourne buildings, Alkira House.
Alkira House is a beautiful little building with a facade of black and green faience tiles and a large section of glass bricks. It is wedged between it's taller neighbours and probably goes unnoticed by many Melbournians.
The building was designed by architect James Wardrop and constructed in 1937.
The rounded roofline is topped with a spectacularly sculpted pediment which serves as a wonderful support to the ubiquitous Art Deco flag pole.
I'm not a coffee drinker but if you are around Queen St, I would recommend a visit to the Art Deco Cafe at No. 18, Alkira House just because it is a fabulous building.
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.