#MitchellHouse, #HarryNorris, 1937 - I remember when only us #archinerds admired this building, sitting rather prominently on the edge of the retail district, full of odd little showrooms and companies and architects offices - now it’s full of #creativeindustries, super well known, and also right now surrounded by cranes, even that danger wiring stuff in … Continue reading Art Deco landmark – Mitchell House, Harry Norris, 1937
A wonderful pairing of intact historic buildings, #PublicBenefitBootery, Grainger Little Barlow & Hawkins, 1924 and #DevaHouse, 1926, #HarryNorris - but great changes planned that might keep only the front wall and a bit of side of the PBB, as part of plans to redevelop #TheWalkArcade superblock for a big hotel. It could instead be converted … Continue reading Public Benefit Bootery facadism.
Behind the main building at #QueensCollegeMelbourne is this curious thing, a #laboratories building, built in 1930 in a sort of Deco-Tudor style, with an octagonal lantern, like a mini-cathedral ! Great #typeface, I suppose #GothicScript. Paid for by the great 30s philanthropists the Nicholas brothers, of Aspro wealth, also practicing Methodists, hence this structure, rebuilding … Continue reading Queens College Laboratories
Repost 2018: This is the Principle’s Residence at #QueensCollegeMelbourne, probably the one built for their new Professor of Theology, Rev Calvert Barber, in 1938, and probably designed by #HarryNorris. Gives you some idea of how spacious the whole #MelbourneUniversity campus was before WW2, scattered buildings with lots of staff houses, and lots of lawn and … Continue reading Queens College Principals Residence
This article appeared in Spirit of Progress, Journal of the Art Deco and Modernism Society of Australia, Autumn 2016 As an architecture student in the 1980s, we were taught that the first fully bona-fide Art Deco building in Melbourne was the delightful Yule House designed b Oakley & Parkes, in Little Collins Street. Five storeys … Continue reading When Art Deco arrived in Victoria