The Fenway High School was founded in 1983 as a separate academic program for 90 students who were disengaged from high school. In 1998, after becoming a full-fledged Pilot school, it moved to 174 Ipswich Street, which it shares with the Boston Arts Academy. The Arts Academy is Boston's only public high school for the visual and performing arts. It was founded in 1998.
I've never seen so many people crowded into the few blocks surrounding Radio City Music Hall and the Rockefeller Center in New York but then I've never been there on Boxing Day. The footpaths were packed with people ready to enjoy the Rockettes' Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Donald Deskey's luscious deco interiors.
Around the corner at the Rockefeller Center ice rink it was just as crazy as people clamoured for a view of the skaters, or to pose in front of the christmas tree.
Then every few minutes they'd turn their cameras toward the festive light show on the façade of Saks, Fifth Avenue store.
Hamilton's Gray Street isn't just a shopping strip. As in many rural towns the main streets turn residential once you are out of the central commercial zone. and that's where you'll find this Art Deco house.
Just what did the people of Hamilton, a fairly major town in the rural Western District of Victoria, think when Melbourne architects, Seabrook & Fildes, proposed this amazing shopfront for their main shopping strip in Gray Street. It was 1938, or perhaps a little before that, and Seabrook & Fildes, who were very active in Hamilton in the interwar period, used one of their favourite motifs, a glass brick tower.
Around the same time they had also included a glass brick tower as part of their alterations to the George Hotel, a bit further along Gray Street. To counterbalance the tower, the other side of the building featured a pair of Art Deco bands curving down towards the verandah.
At street level, the shopfront featured lovely curved glass display windows.
This is a nice section of The Bund in Shanghai. The building in the centre with the clock towers the Customs House. To the left of that is the dome of the The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank while on this side there is a lovely little white deco building, the former Bank of Communications. Closest to the camera is another bank building, the Central China Bank. Finally sitting in the background is the modern Bund Financial Centre with it's illuminated crown.
Don't ask! I don't know if these flats in Sydney have a name. In fact I can't remember exactly where they are but I'm fairly sure they are in Elizabeth Bay. Fantastic brickwork, typical of Sydney deco buildings and a lovely little circular porch. I'll find it again one day and take more notice and see if the building has a name.
This is the former Wellington Free Ambulance Building catching the late afternoon sun. The Wellington Free Ambulance service was founded in 1928 by Sir Charles Norwood, businessman, philanthropist and Mayor of Wellington 1925-27. It was the only free ambulance service in New Zealand.
This building was constructed in 1932 to the design by William Turnbull and the service used it until new premises were constructed in Thorndon in 1994.
Since then it has had a variety of uses and is now a bar.
This last one isn't a door, but it is an entrance to the seating area of Montevideo's Estadio Centenario where Uruguay won the first Football World Cup in 1930. How good is this deco plaque celebrating that achievement.
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.