A bonus from our impromptu walk with Shanghai Art Deco was getting behind the high wall and just as high gate to see this Shanghai villa. It's now used as offices and is a bit unloved but the bare bones are there and it could be fabulous again.
This is the view of the front of the villa from the private garden but the entrance on the side of the building next to the driveway is fabulous.
I love this door.
The closer you look the better it gets and check out the terrazzo star in the circular entrance hall.
I love the Miami feel of this photo but it is actually the stairs at the side of the Freemasons Hospital in East Melbourne. The hospital was designed by Stephenson & Meldrum and built by J R & E Seccull in 1936-37 for the United Grand Lodge of Victoria.
Love at this great building at 40 English Street, Essendon Airport in Melbourne. Four boxes put together to form a single building. A flagpole. Cut-out windows flanking the impressive entrance. A very pleasing aspect, I think.
I took these photos of the SF Merchandise Mart at 1335 Market Street, San Francisco a few years ago so you can still see the SF Mart signage at the far end of the façade but this 1939 Art Deco building has a new tenant.
The building has undergone extension restoration under the supervision of Komorous-Towey Architects and last year Twitter moved in.
You can see some more recent photos at US Nation Trust for Historic Preservation blog, PreservationNation.
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.