I don't know what it was originally. Some sort of workshop or factory perhaps. The sign on the façade indicates that the most recent use of the building was for the West Gippsland Vehicle Restorers Club.
I have used the past tense because although the building seemed to be in a good state of repair and the club's name was clear and easy to read there was a notice on the door saying that the club's 9th July meeting would be (was) held at the club's new rooms in another part of Warragul. There was no year on the notice so I don't know if this is a recent development or not.
In any case it is a wonderful building with simple decoration. A peaked concrete panel directly below the flagpole and porthole windows divided into an interesting geometric pattern.
And I did like the shadow play on the higher of the two portholes.
In deco style, even the side of the building looks good.
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.