Coles Bourke Street, colour in architecture, 1930

Original post 25 March 2018:

ColesBourkeStreet, 1930, #HarryNorris (the lower bit added exactly matching in 1938, converted to David Jones Menswear 1986). Not the first but certainly the most colourful of the first examples of Art Deco to appear in Melbourne’s streets; must’ve been quite striking in its day, still is in fact, though somehow the summer sun washes out the colours – compared my post from years ago in winter.

ColesBourkeStreet, 1930, #HarryNorris. Exterior #faience, described at the time as bringing colour back to architecture, but it was also the first full scale #JazzModerne #ArtDeco exterior in Melbourne. ❤️

Photo from over 2 years ago – #colesbourkestreet, now David Jones menswear, first floor ex #ColesCafeteria #tiling closeup, #colesbourkestreet, 1930, #HarryNorris. Described by #heritagevictoria as Hispanic/Indian/Jazz in inspiration. Indian? Do they mean like pueblo?? Make up your mind! The colours are earthy, but to me it’s just Deco.

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