Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Commonwealth Bank Croydon

Commonwealth Bank Croydon
This example of the interwar style Art Deco bank buildings built by the Commonwealth Bank is located in Croydon at 6 The Strand.

According the the owner of the grocery shop next door the bank finished operations in the building over 10 years ago and the building is currently a video store.

The Commonwealth Bank building boasts a nice Art Deco relief above the front door however the rest of the building has been painted unsympathetically to the style.
Other Art Deco Commonwealth Bank buildings can be found here.

Art Deco relief above front door

Art Deco relief above front door


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Monday, March 8, 2010

Four Shops in Mascot

Four Shops in Mascot
Here are four shops in Mascot I discovered recently at 1209 -1223 Botany Road. It is unusual to see a group of Art Deco buildings adjacent to each other here in Sydney. Number 1223 is known as "Mascot Corner" while number 1213-1215 is known as "Orion House". I have been unable to find any further information on these buildings.

For a larger view click on the image required.

1209 - 1211 Botany Road facade detail

1209 - 1211 Botany Road facade detail

1213 - 1215 Botany Road facade detail

1213 - 1215 Botany Road facade detail

1217-1219 Botany Road facade detail

1217-1219 Botany Road facade detail

Mascot Corner

Mascot Corner




More Art Deco information can be found on the DecoWorks Pty Ltd website.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Art Deco Buildings in Southport

Art Deco Buildings in Southport
A stroll down Nerang Street in Southport reveals several beautiful Art Deco buildings. As one of the oldest suburbs on the Gold Coast in Queensland Southport has several excellent examples of Art Deco architecture. The grandest is the old Town Hall which is described in another post in greater detail.

Continue down Nerang Street from the Town Hall and you will discover the Cecil B DeMilles Hotel on the corner of Scarborough Street. With its long open verandahs above the awnings and the imposing round Art Deco facade it occupies the corner site like a grand old Hollywood starlet. From here Nerang street becomes a pedestrian esplanade.

A little further on is number 36 on the right hand side. Granton House has a well balanced and well presented classic Art Deco facade.

Continuing down on the left hand side is the former Birdcage Restaurant at number 3 Nerang Street. Formally known as the Spotted Tiger Restaurant the building facade is another classic Art Deco treat on Nerang Street and has been painted in a very Miami style which suits the area well. It is currently a Korean Charcoal BBQ restaurant.

Art Deco Granton House

Art Deco Granton House

3 Nerang Street

3 Nerang Street


More Art Deco information can be found on the DecoWorks Pty Ltd website.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Hahn Automotive Services

Hahn Automotive Services at 117-117A Cleveland Street in Darlington is a rare example of an interwar Art Deco style service station that dates from the key period for the development of service stations in NSW from 1925 to 1939. The existing building was built on the site in 1939 as a motor garage and has continued as such to this day.

Hahn Automotive Services

Source Sydney Heritage Listings




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Monday, January 4, 2010

CBC Bank

CBC Bank
The building at 686 Botany Road (Cnr Gardiners Road) in Mascot was originally a Commercial Banking Company of Sydney branch.

It is another example of a 1930s interwar period Art Deco suburban bank building. It is listed in the 1934 book "A Century of Banking - the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited, 1834-1934". The CBC merged with the National Bank in 1981 to form the National Australia Bank.

The building was sold in 1988 for $676000.00. It is now home to "Simplicity Funerals".

Facade detail

Facade detail

Sources

- Botany Bay Heritage Listing

- Sydney Morning Herald

- CBC Bank Archives




More Art Deco information can be found on the DecoWorks Pty Ltd website.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Commonwealth Bank Gladesville

Commonwealth Bank Gladesville
The Commonwealth Bank Gladesville was located at 219 Victoria Road in Gladesville. The original Government Savings Bank building was built by Alexander Simpson and Sons under the architectural supervision of Messrs Ross and Rowe in 1920. The GSB merged with the Commonwealth Bank in 1931 and operated from the existing GSB building.

In 1937 extensive alterations were carried out by Hogden Bros which included a new facade.

The bank sold the building in 1989 but continues to operate from the site. An awning was added in the early 1990s to accommodate additional services which severely compromised the look of the Art Deco facade.

Facade detail

Facade detail

The new facade of 1937

The new facade of 1937

The 1992 awning addition

The 1992 awning addition

Source - Commonwealth Bank Archives Department




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