Thursday, January 7, 2016

Parliament House.. finding the 'good' side.


While in the city yesterday, despite the heat I walked up St. Georges Terrace to Parliament House determined to try and find it's best side! A different angle perhaps.. glimpses through the many surrounding trees, from further back at the top of the terrace. Alas! This ugly duckling, the new addition added in 1958/64 refused to co-operate. Don't despair though because....


... as is often the way the backside, below, is much more attractive than the front :) Opened in 1904, built using gorgeous Donnybrook stone and locally made clay tiles it is undeniably the swan of this edifice and begs the query WHY not follow through in the same style! A finance issue perhaps, bit of a shame.. it would have been money well spent, unlike one other project that I won't mention but am sure you can guess :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...


27 comments:

  1. I always like the old better than the “modernistic” new. I like seeing the contrasts shown by taking the shots from different spots.

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  2. I find the palm trees and the other trees and bushes make it more attractive as well.

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  3. I dunno, Grace. I think it looks rather nice. Perhaps that's because of the way you framed the photos.

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  4. I have seen worse architecture from that period. Of course the rear is much nicer.

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  5. I often wonder how such ugly buildings can even be built! You're right, the other side is so much better!

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  6. The trees are fantastic.
    The architecture came second I am afraid...

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  7. Oh yes, I can clearly see that the backside is way more attractive. However that first photo does do the front a great amount of justice.

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  8. A glaring clash between the older and the newer.

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  9. Love those palm trees. They almost make me feel warm . . . almost. :-)

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  10. Hmmm...actually Grace I really like the first picture, I think it does the modern side justice...

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  11. You WALKED up the Terrace!!! Nice to see the 'backside', so, thanks. Please stay inside today - much too hot to go out.

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  12. I agree with you wholeheartedly Grace. The rear of the building takes the prize. Good on you for searching for the best angle.

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  13. It makes one wonder about the architects that they employed for the newer part.

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  14. Those responsible for the addition should be hung, drawn and quartered. To add such an Soviet era looking addition to a graceful old building! Say cool!

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  15. you're right Mamma - I've always liked the back of Parliament House better than the front

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  16. The ugly duckly is a funny quote, very appropriate for the building!

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  17. The angle of the top photo is perfect; have you added it to good fences meme?

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  18. Yips, don´t judge a book by it´s cover goes for groups of buildings, too, Grace.
    I would say it nearly reminds me of Prora...

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  19. Hmmm. It does make me wonder why architects would make an ugly duckllng of the front when the rear was so attractive. Glad you decided to see what was out back.

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  20. Yes, Grace, I do prefer the older facade, but, frankly, the modern part doesn't look especially bad to me. I have seen much worse.

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  21. The trees and greenery make all the difference....

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  22. I think pictures of buildings especially at this size are difficult to photograph unless you 'shop all the trees and random things away.

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