Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The Signs Publishing Company, the Australian publishing house of the Seventh-Day Adventists, moved to Warburton in 1906 having operated before that as the Echo Publishing Company in the Melbourne suburb of North Fitzroy.
Like the original factory of the nearby Sanitarium Health Food Company (SHF), the first Signs Publishing building was badly damaged when the River Yarra flooded in 1934.
And again like SHF a new building was designed by Edward F Billson and constructed in 1935.
Billson worked with Walter Burley Griffin so it is not unexpected that I can see Frank Lloyd Wright influences particularly in the arched brick decoration surrounding the main door.
Signs Publishing Company Factory, Warburton Adventists website
Saturday, January 28, 2012
The gate is looking a bit worse for wear now as is the building that it leads to, the former Sanitarium Factory. They used to make Weet-Bix here which explains the stylised stalk of wheat worked into the design of the gate.
The Sanitarium Health Food Company, owned by the Seventh-Day Adventists, had built an earlier factory on the banks of the Yarra River in Warburton next to their Signs Publishing complex but it was damaged by flood in 1934 so architect Edward F Billson was commissioned to design a new factory on higher ground. It was completed in 1939 and won Billson the Street Architecture Medal from the Royal Victoria Institute of Architects (RVIA) in 1940.
The Warburton Adventists website includes an extensive photo gallery of their former factory.
Sanitarium Health Food Company Factory, Warburton Adventists website
Friday, January 27, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
As you can see this a simple clean stylish deco shopfront. It has a nice use of contrasting tiles and very simple design elements such as the two horizontal bands of cream tiles to the right of the doorway.
What I find interesting is that the rest of the building is older at least by a decade or three.
Commercial pressures probably lead to the redesign of the building at street level and here again in April 2011 when I took this picture the commercial forces are looking for a new owner for this fine building.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
I was looking through some old photos today and came across the Caister Road Bus Depot in Great Yarmouth.
According to the memories of Patrick Burnside it was the garage for the blue & cream buses of Great Yarmouth Corporation Transport. By the time these photos were taken in around 2001 the buses were still blue and cream (although more cream than blue) but 'The Corporation' was long gone.
Great Yarmouth Corporation Transport by Patrick Burnside, Our Great Yarmouth website
Friday, January 20, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
And closer inspection revealed that many of the windows still bear the original etched glass some, like the that shown in the photograph below have the stylised TRH initials.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Plans for my From New York to Fish Creek exhibition are progressing nicely which is just as well because it is less than a month away.
For anyone in the Warragul area, the exhibition is open to the public, free, on weekdays Tue 14th Feb - Fri 24th Feb at the West Gippsland Arts Centre, cnr Smith & Albert Sreets, Warragul. (Visit the WGAC Exhibitions webpage for details)
I've designed a poster which should attract a bit of attention.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
The rural Victorian town of Seymour boasts these two fine pubs. The Art Deco style Railway Club Hotel in the foreground and the Terminus Hotel behind that. They are close to the Railway Station ... believe it or not.
The Railway Club Hotel has very nice Art Deco style tiles at street level. Interestingly, so does the Victorian style Terminus Hotel.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
In 1938 Melbourne architects J F Ballantyne & Roy Wilson remodelled the Hotel Terminus in Shepparton. They added a second storey and extended the ground floor of the original 1880s building giving the old hotel a slick Moderne look.
City of Greater Shepparton Heritage Study Stage II, Allom Lovell & Associates, February 2004
Monday, January 9, 2012
At its peak, the Tulsa Union Depot serviced as many as 36 trains daily but the days of train as a major form of transport was numbered and this fine building ceased operation in 1967. A useful life of just 36 years.
Empty and falling apart, it was rescued and restored in the 1980s and was used as office space demonstrating that older buildings can be adapted and reused.
Since 2007 it has been the home of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.
Tulsa Preservation Commission website
Sunday, January 8, 2012
A small corner shop in rural Australia, Denilquin, New South Wales to be precise. A simple building as you would expect currently occupied by Barlow & Weller's Pharmacy. But the roofline has that extra Art Deco something. Horizontal bars curving around the corner and two rounded pylons marking the entrance. Nice.
Friday, January 6, 2012
This is the Acland Street frontage of the Acland Court Pharmacy. It is a 1938 former G J Coles & Co store designed by architect Harry A Norris.
It is part of the St Kilda Market Complex which is cited in the City of Port Phillip Heritage Review as a Significant heritage building.
The doorways are interesting because they have an Art Deco pattern in the terrazzo entrances. Unfortunately they are not looking there best and, in fact, it is rare to see them because they are usually covered by large mats. It would be lovely to see them cleaned up and put on show a bit more often.
City of Port Phillip Heritage Review, August 2000
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Recently I wrote about the former Warragul branch of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney (CBC) at 5 Smith Street and while scouring the internet for information on the building I came across the CBC Officers Club Inc website that included a letter from Malcolm Dickson with the following paragraph.
My father rented a shop at 5 Smith Street from 1930 to June 1939 when we had to vacate the shop for the CBC Bank.
We moved to 30 Smith Street where the business is still operated by my son and two Grandsons.
And that, I'm afraid, is a long-winded way of getting to Dicksons Mensland at 30 Smith Street, Warragul.