Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Chemist..



Waiting to cross Hay Street early on Thursday morning gave me time to take a quick shot of the 'at a quick glance' not so attractive building on the opposite corner. If you don't get distracted by the Federation style of the Read Buildings built in 1895 next door to the left, you will see that underneath the ugly, inexplicable colour there are some very distinctive Art Deco embellishments on this building. My only clue, above the tall front window, is that it was once a chemist. I'm hoping that this is just the first step in it's restoration journey back to it's former glory! Happy Mother's Day to all who celebrate today, I'm very much looking forward to breakfast à la Aimee :) and Skyping with my Sydney famille..take care and stay safe...

17 comments:

  1. I'm always a bit divided with these buildings- saving the facade is one thing, but it seems backed up by something out of place. There's the facade of a church front here that's now backed up by a glass and steel condo building- this reminds me of that.

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  2. Hopefully that facade will be restored to match the Read buildings. At the moment the grey colour is quite dull.
    I'm glad that at least the facade of these grand old buildings are saved, even though behind them stands a glass structure that looks a bit out of place like William says.
    Enjoy your Mother's day breakfast, I've already celebrated with a Saturday dinner as we have a friend's birthday party at lunchtime Sunday.

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  3. Well, from my position - which is way down low on the architectural scale - I like all of these buildings just the way they are. They have a ton of character. If you think that is boring and rather tasteless, you ought to see the junk they build here in Florida. :)

    And a very Happy Mother's Day to you, too!

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  4. I do like that building because it is unique.

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  5. Excelente fotografia urbana e belo trabalho.
    Um abraço e bom fim de semana.
    http://andarilharar.blogspot.pt/

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  6. Yeees..it's an interesting choice of colour, the building next door is lovely, hopefully it will be restored to its former glory...

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  7. Kind of looks like a bunker.

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  8. He will a great building after restoration but even so, I still like it now.

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  9. Well worth restoring. What a shame though that the ground level of all these buildings the world over have been lost to modernisation so that all we're left with are the upper floors.

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  10. It is a bit strange combination with the different colours and the reflecting glass facade above.

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  11. It´s a great shot, Grace, the old and new, such a wonderful mixture - restored it must look even better, fingers crossed it happens!

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  12. A good contrast of old and new.

    Happy Mother's Day, Grace!

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  13. Quite a contrast and mix with the buildings ...

    Have a lovely weekend
    Happy Mothers Day
    Happy Skyping

    All the best Jan

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  14. That building looks like it has a lot of potential. I especially like the tall windows.
    Happy Mother's Day.

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  15. It is kind of jarring to see the old architecture below and the modern glass architecture up above. Probably better than losing the old building completely, but it is a somewhat unsatisfactory compromise, isn't it?

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