This is large complex is the Police and Fire Station No 11 in Montreal but for some extremely wierd twist of Canadian logic it is now Police and Fire Station No 23. It has a large No 11 on the outside but has fallen down the hit parade of Police and Fire Stations to 23. On my hit parade it is definitely top ten.
It was designed in 1933 by Ludger Lemieux but the highlights of this building are the reliefs on the exterior walls by Joseph Guardo.
Above a side doorway there is a wonderful relief of a fireman's head surrounded by stylised representations of smoke, fire and water.
Elsewhere there are the heads of a policeman and a fireman, each on a background of radiating rays.
Then there is this trio of theives. Two in the act of the crime and one serving his sentence behind bars.
Reference: Vieux-Montreal Tour Booklet, Art Deco Montreal
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.