Calle Cerrito in Montevideo's Ciudad Vieja, not surprisingly, is home to Edificio Cerrito, a rundown Art Deco apartment block. However, if my very basic Spanish is not leading me astray, the whole vacant building is for sale. Twenty-three apartments, 4 per floor (I know the maths doesn't work) and they are in a buen estado de conservation. They is good news because from the outside you could not imagine the interior would be in good condition.
Judging from the condition of the entrance and the rest of the ground floor, the building requires some work. There are also many broken windows which can't be good for the state of the interior.
Still the building has a lovely façade that reminds me of an open book. Restored this block may even raise itself into the top ten deco buildings in Montevideo.
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 email@example.com if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.