Monday, July 1, 2013

Old & new side by side.....


Starting it's life as a lodging house way back in 1830, this site on the corner of William St and St George's Terrace has always been a hotel of sorts. It was only when American hotelier John De Baun  bought this site in 1897 for, can you believe it 14,000 pounds that it was transformed into the Palace Hotel the finest hotel in the State during the gold rush, with marble and mosaic coming from Italy. Oh how I wish I could show you, it was only after I'd taken several shots that I was told it was definitely a no, no..and as it's now the front offices for Bank West, I will have to abide by their wishes, you'll just have to take my word, it really is stunningly beautiful inside, maybe one day I'll be able to post those shots :) I can't even show you how amazing the divide between the old hotel and the Bank West skyscraper directly behind looks..you guessed it, not allowed! These two entrances to the old and the new sit side by side on William St and although I'm drawn to the old, I can't help admiring the complexity of the new. Click here to view facades around the world. Hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready for the week ahead, take care.....

36 comments:

  1. What a wonderful old building and so beautifully kept! I agree with you, I too prefer the old entrance to the new! Terrific captures as always, Grace! Have a great week!!

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  2. What I can see is very attractive, Grace. It's such a shame we have become so security conscious!

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  3. I love the way you show the photos and provide a rich explanation! Stunning.

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  4. I like the both Grace but I think that the old building wins out for me. I wish we could have seen inside!

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  5. Oh wow, incredibly beautiful shots and very striking entrance too with all those spiky reflections! :-)

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  6. A very successful mix of architecture. Impressive pictures!

    I wish you a good beginning for july!

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  7. What a beautiful building!!! And yes...it is beautifully kept up! Love the contrast with the modern buildings in back!!!

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  8. I really do prefer the old architecture. I am happy that Perth has retained some of the older buildings.

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  9. Quite impressive. Great picture for the theme day.

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  10. Let's focus on what you have -- which is GREAT! -- and not on what you can't have.

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  11. I guess they think you might be casing the joint!

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  12. Of course the old is much nicer, but what a lot of rubbish about not taking photos. I looked at websites to find out about taking photos at train stations here......you can at this one, not at this one, sign a disclaimer for this one, no tripods at this one. Bah, I took my chances discreetly and no one tackled me.

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  13. I never understand why you can't photograph architecture. They worried the flash will harm the finish??? Both are beautiful. I hope one day you can share your shots.

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  14. The old and the new facades ( I love the old) .... perfect for the theme Grace.

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  15. You caught these so beautifully! Just trying to imagine the unallowed parts, sigh...(so sad that so much is off limits for photographs these days). Yes, I'd be looking forward to the some day when you can show more:) Hope it was a good wkd too!

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  16. Spectacular building but I hate those rules. As soon as they come out with cameras you can hide under your hairline (or what's left of mine) I'm running out to get one and photographing everything I shouldn't.

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  17. No photos seem to be unnecessary in so many places. But, what do I know about security?!

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  18. Well, guess I´ll have to go in there, then! Never thought of it last time! Only admired it from the outside just like that. Have a great start into the week, Grace!

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  19. It's a wonderful juxtaposition, and both are lovely in very different ways. Too bad it's now a bank. If it were still a hotel, I don't think they would have forbidden photos.

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  20. Wow Grace. Perth really is doing some great things in architecture. That geometric mirror above the entrance is just crazy. Must get myself over their one day.

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  21. Bags not cleaning that glass on the second shot.

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  22. Wonderful shot, Grace, and really nicely thought out. Love it. Boo to being asked to put your camera down. You will have to enjoy the amazing spots you mention for us. Have a good week. I have sent some rain :).

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  23. Girl! You are goooood



    ALOHA from Honolulu
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  24. Wow, that is a tough choice. They are both so stunning. Those bank people are certainly fussy about taking pictures inside their offices. I was even told once not take a picture of the outside but, I did anyway.

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  25. get yourself a longer lens and take a photo from across the street . that's what i would do ... of course i am a scofflaw ... ;)

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  26. Wow! what a great perspective in the first shot.

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  27. I love the architecture in Perth. Great photos as always, Grace!

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  28. Love the mix when it's well done and such is the case. Great job.

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  29. Strange but eye-catching mix!

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  30. Forbidden? Why? Love the two façades and the contrast between them. Each has an appeal and charm of its own. I respect the privacy of individuals but am less compliant with banks and architecture. Just call me a rebel!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  31. Beautiful perspective in every sense of the word!

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