This is the entrance to the Block Court, off Collins Street, in Melbourne.
In the photo on the right you can see terrazzo floor of the arcade with the Block Court name incorporated into the the flooring. Notice also the windows of the shops in the arcade and the vent below each window.
The photo above shows the lettering above the entrance to the arcade and the ornate ceiling beyond. You can also catch a glimpse of the style of the building above street level.
Originally it was build at the Athenaeum Club in 1890, then in 1930 it was remodelled from designs by Harry Norris. The building was renamed Block Court and the shopping arcade was added at street level.
The arcade oozes Art Deco elements. The copper frames of the shop windows bear a zig-zag pattern. The stained glass above the doorways have side panels with chevrons and an elaborate deco centrepiece.
The ceiling decoration includes stepped geometric shapes and stylished floral motifs.
Then, finally, there is the floor with its mulit-colured terrazzo border.
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.