Thursday, December 3, 2015

A theatrical remainder/reminder...



 It's been a while since we have had occasion to walk so far east down Hay St. as we did on Sunday and I found a few unexpected surprises to share with you. The portico above is all that remains of St. Georges Hall. Opened in 1879 it was the first purpose built theatre in Perth, that purpose you might have guessed was 'dramatic performance' :) When the theatre was demolished in the 1980's the 'District Court of WA' was built in it's place with just the portico remaining.. you could say one dramatic performance has been replaced by another! I may have to do a series on facades/porticos, I'm happy to say there are quite a few of these tempting reminders of the past. Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...


31 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this!! I wish more of the old buildings were saved so we can continue to enjoy the beauty!! Hope your week is going well, Grace!! Enjoy!!

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  2. This is just a marvelous reminder, genius design! Enjoy your week!

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  3. The last shot is such a surprise! :-)

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  4. Curious, daring, and surprising: I love this!

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  5. This old and new works really well and I love that first shot! Now why didn't I think of taking shots like that one!!!

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  6. Bravo Perth for keeping the gem!








    Warm ALOHA,
    ComfortSpiral

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  7. I suppose it is good that the facade was kept, but I find this sort of tokenism rather sad. I expect it works better if you are a passing pedestrian because of the set back of the new building.

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  8. I love that last photo the best. Contrast works well old and new.

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  9. I like what they've done here. Great way to preserve the past.

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  10. Thank goodness the powers that be had the good sense to save that beautiful and historical portico. Gorgeous architectural elements.

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  11. That really is an awesome job of incorporating it into the new building. I think I like it so much because it really stands out.

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  12. wow, i love this...what a great way to save a part of an old historical building!

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  13. Now, that IS most curious. Grace.

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  14. Great stuff Grace, the last picture showing the portico with the new building behind is cool. What a great idea rather than demolishing it....

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  15. I am so glad it was saved! Those columns are magnificent.

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  16. It is great to see that the facade has been retained. Great way to learn history.

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  17. I am so glad the saved the portico Grace but I can't help but think it looks rather odd with that modern, sleek, glass structure behind it.

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  18. Never noticed this building either Grace. I like that part of the brick wall was left on the side.

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  19. Old and new. You have some amazing buildings in Perth. Enjoy the summer!

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  20. That is very strange Grace! I'm glad that they saved the original part of the building but it looks a bit odd juxtaposed onto the gleaming modern structure.

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  21. Oh, this is terrible, it breaks my heart to see it. How can they do this, the two mismatched completely.

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  22. How interesting to see the various reactions to the contrast of the old and new here.

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  23. Funny, Grace, just today I took a similar pic over here :-)
    To post soon.
    Actually nice to combine it all, no?

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  24. This is a bit jarring, isn't it? I guess I am glad that the portico was retained, but that is a lot of glass for just a little bit of portico. Maybe we have to be satisfied that something is better than nothing.

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  25. I'm thinking of the cool & shade on a blistering summer day Grace
    so good they retained it even if it's surrounded by the ultra- modern.

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  26. How could they demolish that building!

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  27. Those columns look so staunch and grand. Beautul building in the streetscape.

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