Greetings if you are in Leeton (or on your way there) for their second Art Deco festival. Perhaps your are staying in in Historic Hydro Motor Inn in Chelmsford Place, right in the centre of town.
The "Hydro Accommodation House", designed by the Department of Works, was opened in August 1919 and its design reflects this immediate post-war period rather than a more Deco style.
Even if you're not staying there, make sure you pop in and have a look around, especially the stained glass window on the second floor.
This is an apartment block with the somewhat unusual name of Denis, unusual for a block of flats anyway. They are located in West Nanjing Road in Shanghai. They were designed by Eric Cumine and built in 1928.
Shanghai Art Deco, by Tess Johnson & Deke Erh.
The first school was built in Goulburn Street, West Hobart in 1844 followed by a new school which opened in January 1887 and served the local community for over 50 years until disaster struck in September 1942 when fire destroyed the building. Somehow the school library, gymnasium and office survived the fire as did the Infant School which was 30 metres from the main building.
The 300 or so pupils continued there education in temporary accommodation but by August 1943 they were able to see a new school being constructed with the laying of the foundation stone by the Minister for Education, Mr Cosgrove.
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 email@example.com if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.