Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
No apologies for another non-Deco building. This is Edifício Niemeyer, a modernist building in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer it was constructed in 1954.
Emporis, Edifício Niemeyer
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
I spied the back of this house driving around Bendigo and I'm glad we went around the block for a better look. What a beauty it turned out to be. Perhaps not the best surroundings at the moment with a bit of landscaping work going on in the garden and the footpath along the front but a stunning deco home none the less.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
One thing for certain though, it has the most amazing decoration around the entrance.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Yenda is a village near Griffith in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) of New South Wales.
When I first heard of it, it was described as a cluster of Art Deco buildings around a village green. While that is not exactly true, there is a village green in Yenda and there several Art Deco buildings facing the green and in the nearby streets and I think it is certainly worth a detour off Burley Griffin Way to have a look.
This is the Yenda Fire Station.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The dull exterior belies a glorious, mostly white, interior jointly designed by Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald but you'll have to visit to see that for yourself. The National Trust for Scotland website has some interior photos and details of how you can visit the property.
National Trust for Scotland, Places to Visit, Hill House
Hill House, GreatBuildings.com
Monday, February 13, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Montevideo was such a great Deco city to explore. This apartment building is just a block or two off the main street Avenida 18 de Julio. It has an interesting asymmetrical façade with squared edges on the corner of the building and curved balconies on the other side of a central projection. The main doors are around the corner and feature metalwork consisting of interlocking circles and and horizontal bars. The really interesting aspect for me however is a series on panels on the projecting section of the façade bearing combinations of circles and other geometric and floral patterns.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Annis & George Bills
~~~ UPDATE ~~~
George Bills died 14 Dec 1927 and his wife, Annis died on the 20 Jun 1910. After providing some personal bequests, his will directed the income from the residue of his estate to be used to provide troughs for horses, and for the purpose of preventing cruelty, and alleviating the sufferings of animals in any country.
More then 500 troughs were erected in Australia mostly in New South Wales and Victoria, and some in overseas countries---England, Ireland, Switzerland [for donkeys] and Japan.
Later a standard design was adopted, and Rolca concrete products supplied many hundreds of the troughs in Victoria and New South Wales. Troughs were supplied on application to the Bills Trust by Councils, and truckloads of 10 would often leave the Rocla Factory for installation by a team of men in country towns.
Website: Bills Horse Troughs
Sunday, February 5, 2012
It survived as a single auditorium cinema until 1973 when the balcony was converted into twin cinemas and the stalls area converted into a bingo hall.
My photo dates from 2001 when the cinemas and bingo hall were still open. Both cinemas and the bingo closed in 2007.
Art Deco Super-Cinemas of Margate, Margate Museum Fact Sheet No. 5
Lost Bingo Halls - Dreamland Bingo Margate, Playing Bingo UK website
Friday, February 3, 2012
Here are some cropped photos of Charles Comfort's frieze on the façade of the old Toronto Stock Exchange building (Samuel Maw, 1937). It is now used as the Design Exchange but whoever decided to put the ornamental lamp posts right in front of the frieze perhaps should go back to design school.
Art Deco Architecture in Toronto, by Tim Morawetz
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
I received a call from the West Gippsland Arts Centre on Monday afternoon saying that they had had a cancellation and could I hang my From New York to Fish Creek exhibition any earlier ... like this week!
'Of course', I said. What an opportunity!
So after two very busy days (and nights) I now have an exhibition. The captions aren't done yet but they'll be up as soon as I can get them done.
I'm pleased with how it looks so far and I had quite a few interested viewers and favourable comments as the frames went up.