I'm not sure what to make of this building at the corner of Sheridan & Homer Streets in Gundagai. It's in the main street so perhaps it is an old pub or perhaps it was always a multi-residence dwelling. It's an interesting style, making it hard to date and the decorative gable doesn't help me other than it has a very clear vertical Deco element.
In 1926, Edmond R Amateis won a competition for two sculptures to sit on pedestals outside the War Memorial Building in Baltimore. His entry was for a pair horses with long aquatic tails which he described "mythological sea horses".
R A Baillie carved the final sculptures which included symbolic elements representing Baltimore, Maryland, the army and the navy. The right hand sculpture has an eagle and the Baltimore city seal between the front legs of the sea horse representing the army. The other horse, pictured above, includes an osprey and the state seal of Maryland to represent the navy.
The sea horses were completed in time for the dedication of the War Memorial Plaza on November 11, 1927.
Kelly, C. and Remsberg, E. H. 2011. Outdoor sculpture in Baltimore. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp 95-96.
The Magy Apartments in West Fuxing Rd, Shanghai. There are many corner apartment buildings from the deco era in Shanghai. The Magy Apartments were built in 1936.
On quite a few of those buildings there are plaques similar to the one for Magy. They are issued by the local municipality and as you can see they recognise the building has having some heritage value but it doesn't mean that it is protected in any way. Some are protected, but that important element is usually not included in the English translation.
My friends at Historic Shanghai showed me the important Chinese character that means the building is protected but it didn't stick. Maybe next time I'll pay more attention!
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.