Saturday, December 31, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
A closer look will reveal some Egyptian style touches. The top corners of the building, painted white, are typically Egyptian. The windows on the upper floor have three stone feathers as decoration but the best decoration is in the balcony area especially the capitals of the columns.
And there is something behind the N Le Bakery sign. You can just see the top edge of it in the first picture. Perhaps it is a window. I'll have to go back and see if I can get a better look at it from further up the street.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
A lovely deco house in Warragul. Great gate posts, replicated on the porch. A strip of garden outside the hedge next to the footpath. Inlaid coloured brick for decoration.
There's a lot going on including that old hubcap on the gate. It must have a practical use. I can see the owners smashing into it with their shopping jeep into that hubcap to protect the gate and open it at the same time. At least I hope that is the genius behind the addition.
Best wishes and peace to everyone this Christmas time!
PS: Did I mention that this house is in Peace Avenue.
PPS: If you want to know more about shopping jeeps have a look at Kitty and the Cartwheelers’ Shopping Jeep Bonanza, a short film by Michaela French from 1996.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
In 1939 the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney (CBC) built it as their Warragul branch. CBC merged with the National Bank of Australia in 1981 undergoing some name chances in the subsequent few years to emerge as the National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB).
The branch closed in 1982.
List of CBC Branches, CBC Officers Club Inc website (http://www.cbcbank.com.au)
Friday, December 23, 2011
I am enjoying exploring my new home town of Warragul searching out Art Deco buildings.
This is a lovely Streamline Moderne house in Albert Street. I like the use of contrasting brick colouring to provide a dark foundation for the house and simple detailing across the façade and the windowsills.
Then could there be a more Deco name than Shangri-La?
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I wrote about this lovely little building in July 2008.
At the time I knew that it was the Social Centre for General Motors Holden at Fishermens's Bend and I'd been lucky to visit there in 1996 and get a guided tour from the Centre manager. But I didn't know when it had been built.
The highlight of my visit was seeing the History of Transport murals by GMH employee, Eileen Robertson, located at either end of the canteen service area. You can see them in this photo and there are closer views on my previous post.
This week, however, I have been doing some work with the City of Port Melbourne Building Permits Register and was delighted to come across a entry dated 31st January 1945 for a canteen to be built for General Motors Holden by Richmond builder E A Watts.
So now I have my date. The GMH Social Centre was built in 1945.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
The car park is in the same block as Scots Church and is now owned by Scots Church Properties Trust who have long sought to demolish the car park to allow commercial re-development of this prominent city corner.
Despite being listed by Heritage Victoria in 2002 the Church was eventually successful in 2007 in obtaining permission from then Minister for Planning, Justin Madden, for the development of a tower block that would incorporate the Little Collins Street car park frontage but also the demolition of the Russell Street frontage. The Art Deco & Modernism Society unsuccessfully fought to save the whole building.Westpac bank will move their Victorian headquarters to a glass tower that will be developed by Grocon on this site.
It is four years since former Minister Madden made his ruling so we have enjoyed this Marcus Barlow design for that time but alas it won't be around for much longer. Certainly not as it is now. So if you happen to be in Melbourne in the next short while take a hike up to Russell Street and have a good look before it disappears.
Preservation - former Victoria Car Park, ADMS website
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
As most of the group moved on, the doorman stuck head around the door and I made the most of my Portuguese lessons and ventured something along the lines of posso ver o interior? - Can I see inside? It worked because he opened the door wider and stepping aside beckoned me to come in.
The walls of the foyer have relief panels with stepped tops and an inlaid tile set at an angle creating a diamond shape. The doors to the apartments are plain would with coloured glass windows forming a cross.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
In 1901 Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his artist wife Margaret MacDonald entered a Germany-based competition to design a 'Grand Residence for an Art Lover'. Their entry was disqualified as incomplete but the couple submitted the missing perspectives and their design was awarded a purchase prize meaning that their portfolio of plans together with the second and third prize winners entries was circulated throughout Europe. That no first prize was awarded has lead many people since that time to surmise that Mackintosh & MacDonald would have one the competition if they had submitted a complete proposal by the required deadline.House for an Art Lover.
House for an Art Lover website
Monday, December 5, 2011
I spotted this interesting row of semi-detached houses in Warragul the other day and had to return for a better look and to take some photos.
The end house has an entrance tacked on to the side with a great little open balcony (overlooking the pub car park).