Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Chambellan's coloured terracotta panels near the top of the Home Savings Bank Building are truly spectacular. They depict a Colonial Settler and a Native American facing each other across a beautifully coloured floral panel.
Friday, January 29, 2010
The glorious building is in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney. It is Adereham Hall dating from 1934 and designed by Gordon McKinnon & Sons.
Often a building will have one sunburst motif, front and centre, on the facade but Adereham Hall has a wonderful geometric Aztec or Mayan 'hieroglyph' instead and sunbursts just about everywhere else. At the top of each column and, in a different style, under each of the three top-floor windows. The later style sunburst is then repeated above the main entrance.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Wychbury is an impressive block of flats in the Sydney suburb of Potts Point. It was designed by Emil Sodersen and completed in 1934.
The use of brick as a means of decoration on Wychbury is astounding. I really like the scalloped roofline and the subtle differences in scale between the two inner columns and windows the outer ones.
It must have been a bricklayers nightmare. Each time I look at the building I see another variation in the brickwork. Look as the chevron pattern below the second top row of windows and the vertical lines of recessed bricks on the outer edges of the building creating deep shadows under the Australian sunshine.
Monday, January 25, 2010
This is an interesting store in Hindley Street, Adelaide. Obviously it is now a Fletcher Jones store, a company which has it's origins in the western district of Victoria in the years between the wars.
The Fletcher Jones website reports that having established stores in Warrnambool and Hamilton in 1924, the company expanded to have a store in Collins St, Melbourne in 1946 with stores in Adelaide, Sydney and Hobart between 1949 and 1952.
That Adelaide store may have been this one however the style of the building looks earlier than 1949 to me and Fletcher Jones may have taken over an exisiting premises.
Perhaps one of my Adelaide friends knows a bit more about this handsome shop.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Probably the most decorative Art Deco building in the Napier area is this former tobacco company building in Ahuriri.
Dating from 1932-33, it was designed by Louis Hay for the National Tobacco Company. At some point it was taken over by the Rothmans of Pall Mall and therefore my photos from 1999 show the building bearing that company's name. Since then, Rothmans are no longer using the building and the National Tobacco Company name has been restored to the front of building.
The space either side of the door is filled with sculpted flowers and a local New Zealand variety of bullrushes known as Raupo.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
This fabulous house, Seddon, is in the rural Victorian city of Castlemaine.
I like the combination of the stepped chimney and the entry porch. The narrow lines of bricks on each bring these two features together. The contrasting bricks are also used as decorative elements on the corners of the house, below the windows and in the low wall at the front of the property.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Alas this is another of those Art Deco buildings snapped in a strange city and I know very little about it.
I know that the photo was taken on one of our bus tours during the 2003 World Congress on Art Deco in Cape Tour. From the sequence of photos I suspect it is in the 'lower foothills' of Vredehoek or at least on the way there.
Feel free to leave a comment if you know this building and can help identify its location.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The large murals by Charles Comfort inside Montreal's Gare Centrale are unmissable to all but the most urgent of travellers passing through the ticket hall.
Outside, however, there are a series of friezes executed by Fritz Brandtner that are too often overlooked.
They depict various aspects of transport through the ages including hot air balloons, planes, trains and a fantastic rendering of Icarus flying too close to the sun. As you can see from the final picture, some of the reliefs have been severely compromised and, no doubt, have been removed or hidden by subsequent extensions to the railway station.
Monday, January 18, 2010
The building was named for Rowland Caldwell Harris, Commissioner of Works for the Toronto 1912-1945.original plant and additions in the 1950s to increase the capacity were designed by and the construction was supervised by the consulting engineering firms of H G Acres Limited and Gore and Storrie Limited.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I reckon there isn't that much Spanish Mission style Art Deco architecture Melbourne. Mostly I see it in houses but the South Melbourne Police and Court Complex is a very rare public buildings in that style. They are acknowledged as such by Heritage Victoria.
The buildings were designed by the Public Works Department architect E Evan Smith and built in 1928.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
There is a community protest planned for 6pm tonight at Lonsdale House to voice community anger over Colonial First State Management Company, Myer, the City of Melbourne, Planning Minister Justin Madden and the State Government to allowing this iconic building to be obliterated from our city.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
An interesting item came through my inbox this weekend that an Art Deco Museum is being planned for Tulsa. It is known as Decopolis and at this stage exists only as a website, decopolis.org, with a fundraiser planned for February this year.
You'll also notice that when I visited in 2001, this fine (and now listed) building was in a bad state of repair, fenced off with the windows boarded up.Tulsa Gentleman and the Tulsa Preservation Commission have posted better and more recent photos on their sites.The Fire Alarm Building was designed by Frederick V Kershner along the lines of a Mayan Temple. The decoration around the sides of the building feature stylised floral forms and dragon's heads.
"... an 'Adonis-type' male, stripped to the waist. He has Gamewell alarm tape running through his hands. Flanking him from behind are two helmeted firefighters. A two-headed dragon is shown connected to stylized hoses with the nozzles appearing as their heads.'
Best of luck to the people working to establish the Tulsa Art Deco Museum and when completed will further enhance Tulsa's deco credentials.