Monday, November 30, 2009
These funeral directors have been in business since 1853 and took on the name Mulqueen & Sons in 1934 so they may have built this great looking Art Deco building for their own use but it really does look like a pub to me.
Some of the windows and the side doors bear a wonderful geometric frosted glass design.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
The other day I posted some of the sports that are represented among the scenes of Canadian life.
Today I have zoomed in on some folk dancers and the accompanying fiddler. The way the woman's hair has been stylised into a horizontal wave is a common deco technique but it one of which I never tire. I love the severe straight line Confort has used for the top of her hair.
This portion of the frieze also shows some of the other symbols and motifs that are included in the overall confusion of the scenes.
Above the dancers there is a dove carrying a branch which could symbolise peace or Noah's deliverance from the flood or both.
There is also a shamrock above the fiddler and a fleur de lis between the dancers. These and other symbols elsewhere in the friezes represent the peoples who have emigrated to Canada.
Below this panel some of the words of the Canadian National Anthem can be seen. In this case they are in French. At the other end of the ticketing hall the National Anthem is in English.
I like these scenes so much, I've isolated the detail and created some designs on Zazzle. I think they look great.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The Saltdean Lido was designed by architect R H W Jones and was opened in 1938.
Saltdean and Rottingdean Local Historian, Douglas d'Enno, author of The Saltdean Story has provided some wonderful information for the www.saltdean.info website. The site includes historic photos of the lido and details of Saltdean during the pre-War period.
d'Enno draws comparisons between the Saltdean Lido and the 1935 De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea. There are certainly common elements.
Lidos were very popular in the UK during the 1920s and 30s but now many have survived into the 21st Century. It is nice to see Saltdean Lido is one of the rare survivors.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The Sherbrooke Hotel on the corner of Collins Avenue and 9th Street in Miami South Beach is a fine example of streamline design.
It was constructed quite late, post WWII, 1947. The architects were MacKay and Gibbs. It is a building as a ship, the corner parapet acting as a bridge. There is even a couple of portholes, one each side of the main entrance.
Often streamline buildings have regular, horizontal bands of windows but the Sherbrooke Hotel has an unusual arrangement of different sized windows.
As is often the case in sunny climates concrete eyebrows provide shading for the windows.
Friday, November 20, 2009
The ends of the ticket hall bear large blue and white murals by Charles Comfort depicting all aspects of Canadian life.
Today I've picked out some sports that are included such as Ice Hockey (above).
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Despite the rain I was glad I was able to make my own way out to see it.
The Empress was designed by Montreal architect Alcide Chaussé with decoration by Emmanuel Briffa. It opened in 1927.
Howard Carter discovered the unplundered tomb of Tutankhamun Briffa has included a Pharoah's mask in the style of Tutankhamun although the feet appear to belong to the Sphinx rather than a Pharoah's mask. Above that is a winged sun disk, a common Egyptian symbol appropriated by many architects and designers of the period.
The Empress was locked up when I visited and I couldn't see any of the interior which was gutted by a fire in 1992. I doubt there is much left to see.
The Empress Cultural Centre Inc are a charitable not-for-profit who are working to revitialise the old theatre as a multifunctional performing arts centre. I wish them luck and all the success in the world.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Even on this relatively dull day in 2003 the cream and coral colours stand out.
Namaqua House was built in 1929 to a design by architects Roberts & Small. The top floor features a cantilevered balcony on each of the two face of the corner-sited building. The Cape Town Art Deco Architecture Map indicates his is an early use of such cantilevered balconies.
The balconies and corresponding sheltering canopies are the most decorated parts of the building.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
James Thomas Foley was appointed to the Federal Court by President Harry S Truman in 1949 and served as a judge until 1989 when he was 80 years old.
Friday, November 13, 2009
As you can see from the date on the West Torrens District Council offices in Adelaide they were built in 1935.
The stylised lettering is typically deco and I especially like the letter 'S'.
This building illustrates another Art Deco trait with the main entrance set into the corner of the building.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The city of Napier, on the North Island of New Zealand, was severely damaged by an earthquake which struck the Hawkes Bay area on the morning of 3rd February 1931. Within the next few years a lot of the city was rebuilt in the style of the day, Art Deco.
This is a typical shop in Napier that may not appear in any of the books but it shows how modest buildings in Napier took on the deco style. The colours are a bit Miami but in a seaside town, albeit in the Southern Hemisphere, they work.
Monday, November 9, 2009
The room, like the rest of the seventh floor, was designed by Jacques Carlu and included large murals by his wife Natacha.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Lady Eaton commissioned French designer Jacques Carlu to design the seventh floor. Carlu had designed the interiors of the great ocean liners Normandie and Ile de France which were particular favourites of Lady Eaton.
By the mid 1970s, the taste for these spaces had declined. Eaton's had moved to a new retail complex closer to downtown and the fabulous seventh floor was sealed up. What remained, although damaged and compromised from the original design, was protected by its designation as a national Historic Site by the Supreme Court of Canada.
The seventh floor remained empty for almost 30 years but after a multi-million dollar restoration it has emerged as The Carlu an Event Space like no other.Doors Open Toronto program in May 2009.
The three photos so far have been of the seventh floor lift lobby but this small office or lounge was also open for viewing.Round Room.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
On a hot November Saturday in Melbourne I look at this house and wonder if it is cool in there.
Friday, November 6, 2009
1255 Phillips Square in downtown Montreal was designed by Spence and Mathias and constructed in 1949.
The overall design of the exterior is simple with streamline features. Curved stone walls and windows draw people towards the entrance.
Horizontal bands of windows emphasise the streamline design as does the curved corner at the major street intersection.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I was intrigued by this amazing building from the first time I saw it.
The facade is rounded, in fact it is a completely circular building with a central core and roadway within the structure.
The two storey high frame around the doorway is striking but in the end even that is dwarfed by the height of the monumental entrances either side of the administration block.
From their information it appears that Spinelli was a local businessman who owned a nearby villa. It is now the Africa Pension and that is where I stayed when I visited Asmara in 2003.
Asmara: Africa's Secret Modernist City - Edward Denison, Guang Yu Ren & Naigzy Gebremedhim