This fine hotel in Leongatha dates from 1939. It was designed by architect Trevor C McCullough for Arthur C Bair, whose father, Robert Bair, had purchased the site in 1889, erecting Bair's Coffee House (1890) before it became a fully licences hotel with the 'Otago' name in 1891.
The South Gippsland Shire Heritage Study 2004 indicates that the ground floor exterior has been renovated extensively including enlarging the windows and removing the glass etched with koalas & the hotel name. What a shame.
Believe it our not there is a fabulous Art Deco house on the Nyora-Poowong Road. It's called Aroyn and it is set quite a way back from the road. Unfortunately this is as close as I got. Maybe one day, I'll get an invitation to visit. Of course the zoom took me a little closer so we can see just how good the house is.
And then there is this here at sign at the start of the driveway.
It would appear that the enclosed, curved balcony at the top of this apartment building is the only distinguishing feature that could be described as Art Deco but at ground level there is something that blows it out of the water.
I love the look of the thin smooth horizontal bands against the brown bricks of the bulk of the façade of this apartment block in Montreal. And, naturally, the shorter bands, wrapping around the corner, conform to the Art Deco Rule of Three, although on the outer corners the windows cut into the pattern. An interesting effect but I'm not sure that I like it.
This is how St Alva, an apartment block in Hobart, looks from street level. Nice enough but fairly plain. However the back of the building is quite delightful making the most of the location on the banks of the Derwent river.
I find this an interesting building. It is at 620-622 Calle Florida, Buenos Aires and to my eye looks a bit Art Deco and a bit Art Nouveau. Let's start at the series of windows along the roofline. Their stepped tops are a bit deco. The zig-zag band below them is also a bit deco as is the arrangement of three squares on the façade of the central section. The decorative element looks formal, a bit nouveau yet the background of that particular element looks geometric and stepped, a bit deco.
A bit further down the semi-circular forms step down in size and adhere to the deco rule of three but they are still a bit nouveau and the first set of balconies below that have a curly nouveau question mark incorporated into the metalwork.
The balconies below that are quite nouveau (note that a few have been cut through to allow for air conditioners) but the balconies below that are, I would say, a bit deco.
Then we come to the pyramidal shapes at the base of the columns between the windows on the first floor. Are they a bit deco or a bit nouveau? I can't make up my mind.
Finally we come to the entrance. The stepping above the entrance is a bit deco as is the metalwork of the security gates and the window above them but the decoration above the doorway is certainly a bit nouveau.
A fairly common view of the streets running off the main street in Montevideo, Avenida 18 de Julio. You could spend a year exploring the side streets and probably still not have seen all the interesting art deco and modernist buildings.
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.