Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Art Deco or not?



It really pays to take a diversion from one's usual route now and then. Walking through a new arcade from Hay to Murray St my heart skipped a beat.. was this an Art Deco building that had slipped through my net :) The original building on this spot, Retort House, was built in 1886 but the above built in 1927, right time frame, it has 'the look'. What do you think? The original Retort House had many diverse uses and even after the Electricity & Gas Dept. took over in 1920, a colourful history (scroll down). It looks a little deserted right now, will be keeping my eye on it. Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..

27 comments:

  1. I think it is. It has quite a distinctive look.

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  2. Yes, this 91 year old building does have Art Deco traits. It looks great, and has more character than more modern boxes. Good to know where the utility offices are located.

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  3. Dear little place. Deco? Hmmmm?

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  4. Yes, I agree, Deco-ish. Whatever, it is a good building.

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  5. It is beautiful, it could be deco-ish as Andrew says.

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  6. Definitely Art Deco, though the term covers quite a variation of style. Although the name derives from "decoratif" many of the later buildings were quite plain.

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  7. Yes, I like it, and I agree with the Art Deco denomination. I like those semicircular "balconies?" above the doors.

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  8. I would go with Art Deco for this one, Grace. I like it a lot!

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  9. It's wonderful Grace. So glad you found it!

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  10. It looks like 'le musée de la mer" in Biarritz. Yes it seems clearly art déco architecture. Nice picture Grace, Have a nice tuesday

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  11. I often wonder or compare art deco and Art Nouveau....both sort of from the same time peroid.
    Coffee is on

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  12. What a great discovery! It's a real beauty. I hope it finds a good new life. (You're right that I don't want the forest destroyed for more camping. The parks people want the revenue. I think they're trying to make an end run around locals.)

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  13. A new arcade from Hay to Murray St? Oh, my, Grace. I´ll come to a whole new place, I guess! Beautiful building, never jumped in my eyes, either, though.

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  14. Nice building Grace, not sure about Art Deco or not, but certainly nice.

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  15. It's a wonderful building whatever you call it, and it seems to me that "art deco" means different things to different people, so call it Art Deco and celebrate its beauty! :)

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  16. It looks like it to me, but in any case it's a very lovely building.

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  17. That really is a beauty! I love that sort of fence like structure along the upper floor. That building is very well put together.

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  18. Looks a great building ...

    All the best Jan

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  19. movement in the decorative arts and architecture that originated in the 1920s and developed into a major style in western Europe and the United States during the 1930s. ... Art Deco design represented modernism turned into fashion.
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