Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dancing cheek to cheek.....


The original Indiana Tea House was built in 1910 and according to the blurb by the 1920's it was all expansive lawns and couples dancing cheek to cheek, ah the twenties, a time of  flappers, the Charleston and gangsters if the movies are anything to go by, one thing's for sure, the clothes were fabulous!  At one point there were worries that it might sink into the sea as a result of global warming, also thoughts about turning it into a 'gentleman's club' (presumably they weren't worried about the gentlemen sinking into the sea). Moving on to 1996 a restaurant was built on above the surf  club storage building, a restaurant with big windows allowing ocean views on all sides, it has a central bar and fireplace and a definite 'colonial' feel about it, and one of the most beautiful 'loos' I've ever seen, I really wish I'd taken a picture of it for Red, at rednomad (don't ask!!) These days it's simply known as Indiana and is a sought after venue for weddings, parties etc. The sandbags in the foreground are part of the Sculpture by the Sea, a little item called 'comfort zone'..hmm! I think I might retire to the 'could have been a gentleman's club that might've sunk into the sea' and have coffee and a large piece of something divine!! Keep safe and have a great Tuesday. p.s it was St. Peter's Square, Rome , where the queues are long, way too long for moi.....
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33 comments:

  1. It's a great building. Surprisingly the modern awnings don't spoil it.

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  2. ce batiment est magnifique, il fait penser a la grande epoque d'hollywood

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  3. What a great place Grace. GORGEOUS.

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  4. Quite elegant looking Grace.

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  5. The building is pretty classy, Grace. It would make a wonderful setting for just about anything. Now, those sandbags? If they are art, anything is art.

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  6. I have to agree about the sandbags...strange ideas of art sometimes! But, a beautiful building. Laughed at your question about the gentlemen sinking into the sea...have a great day!

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  7. Very peculiar sandbag sculpture.

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  8. a very grand building! like the second shot...straight on!

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  9. Nice looking place. It must have been fun in it's day.

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  10. A most grand and elegant building and it would be a sad loss if it was swallowed up by the sea :-).

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  11. Algunos tiempos, algunas historias deberían volver.

    Increíble lugar!!

    Abrazos

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  12. Bonsoir Grace. Loved hearing about that elegant building's history. I still can't get over the weather you are having over there (it is summer, I know, I know...) You should have seen Seattle today: raging wind, cold, rain... We had it all! Sigh. Enjoy, Mylady, enjoy... Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  13. What a wonderful building. I can see why it would be a popular place for all sorts of events.

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  14. Er... it is absolutely lovely but now I'm sorry to say that I want to see the loo...

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  15. AARRRRRRGGGH!!! No photo?? Go back and see what you can salvage ... and how ironic I've just posted a new Scenic Loo!

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  16. What a fantastic place, and right on the beach taboot.

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  17. It's a beautiful building and yes, perhaps sometime in the future you can show us the loo! So glad it hasn't been washed away yet. Perhaps they can leave the sandbags in place as global warming gets worse and the seas rise?

    Are there any "gentlemen" left? :-)

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  18. Is Perth under threat of invasion? If it is everyone looks quite relaxed.

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  19. This reminds «Louis» of the old Cliff House at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

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  20. If only we could have a look back in the 20s! It's a lovely building.
    Talking about global warming, have you heard what's going on in Kiribati? It's awful and it's just the beginning: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/sea-levels-force-kiribati-to-ask-fijians-for-new-home-20120308-1unan.html

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  21. What an interesting history Grace. Thanks for that research. The tearooms are in such a beautiful place for promenading..... such a wonderful word. What a sight it would have been!

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  22. very nice looking place and structure!

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  23. amazing photo, you capture the joy if a big family :D

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  24. It was a pretty Fred Astaire's song.. Nice place, I like the architecture very much!

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  25. I do not see the risk of any land sinking in the sea any soon...

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  26. A wonderful post... many thanks for sharing this wonderful place.

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  27. I hope no one was lost in that maze of sandbags

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  28. Beautiful buildings. Sandbags remind me of less hospitable places....!

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  29. Sandbags are dirty words here in the East... All the flooding of course, in country Victoria and NSW necessitate their use.

    The building is just magnificent!

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