From 1866 until 1993 James Smith and the company that grew from his original drapery business were a major part of the Wellington retail sector. This building was constructed in 1907 and the firm had architects King & Dawson modernise the façade in 1932 and design an extension along Manners Street in 1934. Further extensions was also added in Cuba Street in the 1960s.
Ten year's after the store closed, the building is still used for retail purposes and the corner still bears the James Smith name.
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.