Friday, May 29, 2009

The Criterion Hotel

The Criterion Hotel
The Criterion Hotel at 258 Pitt Street, Sydney, was designed by Copeman, Lemont & Keesing and was constructed by Paynter and Dixon in 1936. It is the finest of the five remaining hotel buildings constructed in this style in the CBD; the others are the Criterion (Sussex Street), the Great Southern Hotel, the Tudor Inn, and the Wynyard.



The hotel has historic significance for carrying on the name of the Criterion Theatre which formerly occupied the site. The highly articulated face brick facade features terracotta tile detailing at window heads and spandrel panels, raised panels, brick ribs, corbelling, balconettes, and three deeply recessed arches to the central pavilion of the Park Street facade.




Facade detail



(source Sydney Heritage Listings)




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Monday, May 25, 2009

The Civic Hotel

The Civic Hotel
The site at 388 Pitt Street, Sydney, for the Civic Hotel was purchased by Tooth & Company in 1937. The license was acquired in September 1940 when it was transferred from the City Railway Hotel on Castlereagh Street. The Civic Hotel was sold in August 1982. On completion of rebuilding in September 1940 to a design by R.A. Provost and Associates the hotel was a three storeyed brick stucture, with a flat concrete roof and a fully tiled ground floor exterior. The architectural style is known as P. & O. Ship Style because of its similarities to ocean liner forms. The builders were William Hughes & Co.

Cousins of the Civic Hotel

The Civic Hotel was the finest of five hotels constructed in the interwar Functionalist style in the city during a short period between 1938 and 1942; the others are the Australian Hotel (Broadway), the Hollywood Hotel, the Clare Inn and Sutherlands Hotel.

The Civic Hotel was the last purpose built hotel in the city and its location reflects the former prominence of the district. Significant for structural features such as a cantilevered section in Goulburn Street.




The Civic Hotel Bar


(source Sydney Heritage Listings)




Historical photographs from the Noel Butlin Archives Centre at the ANU;

- Public bar (1)

- Public bar (2)

- Saloon bar (1)

- Saloon bar (2)





More Art Deco info can be found at DecoWorks Pty Ltd.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

St George Tavern

St George Tavern
The St George Tavern at 531 Princes Highway in Rockdale is a very nice example of an Art Deco pub. It is very unfortunate that some someone decided to "improve" the look of the building and had the brickwork painted! My personal feeling is that the brickwork should have been left unpainted. The raw brick adds a lot more character as can be seen in the many other examples listed in this blog.

I cannot find any further information about the hotel.



St George Hotel main facade detail

Main Facade detail

Princes Highway facade detail

St George Hotel facade detail



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Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Royal Hotel

Royal Hotel
Originally located on the corner of Auburn Road and Queen Street. the Royal Hotel was purchased by Tooth & Company in May 1939 and rebuilt to a design by Sidney Warden. On completion of rebuilding in December 1940 the hotel was a two storeyed brick stucture, roofed partly with tiles and partly with flat concrete blocks and had a fully tiled ground floor exterior. The architectural style is known as P. & O. Ship Style because of its similarities to ocean liner forms.

The Royal Hotel demolished
The hotel was sold in October 1983 and was demolished in 1985 by Auburn Council to make way for a pedestrian plaza.


A Photograph of the Royal hotel can be found at the Powerhouse museum.

Historical photographs from the Noel Butlin Archives Centre at the ANU;

Public Bar

Saloon Bar

Bottle department





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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Chicago Art Deco

Here are a couple of examples of modern Art Deco styling I saw in Chicago. Click on the image for a full resolution view.

1) Harpo Productions building - 110N Carpenter St Chicago

Home of the Oprah Winfrey show. I discovered this quite by accident as I was looking for the Museum of Holography which is in the vicinity. The museum was closed but finding this building made the journey out of the city worthwhile.






2) Large Wall Sconces - 77 W Wacker St, Chicago

Nice modern Art Deco styling.

Wal sconce