Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pioneer House, Chippendale

Pioneer House, ChippendaleBroadway in Chippendale was widened in the early 1930s leading to a series of Art Deco style buildings being constructed.

Pioneer House, designed in 1934 by Wright & Apperly, is one such building.

The ground floor has been altered so there is no longer a bank or the shops opening onto the street. I don't know if the decoration has been modified from the original installation but the colour scheme is a bit dull for me.

The decoration along the roofline, on the other hand, is stunning, especially when lit by the mid-winter late afternoon Sydney sunshine.

There are several different decorative panels and each spandrel has a series of ridges and bars. There is decoration above the windows including a shaft of triangular windows stretching amost the height of the building from the central entrance.

Pioneer House, Chippendale

Pioneer House, Chippendale

Pioneer House Significance Statement, Heritage Branch, Dept of Planning, NSW
Deco-Blog, DecoWorks Pty Ltd

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