This amazing facade belongs to the Block Arcade in Ballarat. To me, those repeating elements along the roofline and also below the Block Arcade lettering could be stylised Sturt's Desert Peas, the floral emblem of South Australia. Of course I could be completely off the mark. Ballarat is in Victoria and Victoria is the only mainland state of Australia where Sturt's Desert Pea does not grow. Ballarat is, however, on the main route from Melbourne to Adelaide and the Block Arcade is in the main street of Ballarat, Sturt Street.
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.