The local council in Palmerston North have done a great job revitalising the central area of town around The Square with bicycle racks, illuminated planters and various pieces of street art. This piece is outside the Regent Theatre on Broadway but it is the building in the background that is my subject today.
It is the former T&G Building designed by Melbourne architects A & K Henderson. It was built around 1938 under the gaze of supervising architects Mitchell & Mitchell from Wellington.
The building is not on a major corner but so far, thankfully, has not been boxed in by larger buildings.
And it seems more colourful than T&G buildings I've seen in Australia.
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.