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Art Deco Walk List

This list is compiled from the booklet Art Deco Walk produced by Society Art Deco Victoria Inc.

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Myer Bourke St

1 Myer Department Store (1933)

Features include a facade rendered in Snowcrete, a new product of the 1930s, panels enlivened by faux Egyptian patterns and the Grand Mural Hall on the sixth floor.

Architect: H. Q. & F. B. Tompkins

314-336 Bourke St

David Jones Bourke St

2 David Jones Department Store (1934)

Formerly Buckley & Nunn, features male figures dressed in Jazz Age costume, glazed terracotta panels and spandrels faced with stainless steel chevrons and colourful musical notes.

Architect: Bates, Smart McCutcheon

310 Bourke St

David Jones Bourke St

3 David Jones Department Store (1929)

Features Aztec patterns in the upper spandrels, Aztec being another of the 'exotic' influences of Art Deco. A building in the Commerical Gothic Moderne style.

Architect: Harry Norris

299-307 Bourke St

4 Diamond House (1936)

Features a facade with three colours of terracotta cladding, a simple building in the Streamlined style.

Architect: H. W. & F. B. Tompkins

313-317 Bourke St

5 Deva House (1924-5)

Formely G. J. Coles building. A heavy, reinforced concrete building its most striking surviving feature is a colonnade and pediment supported by a balconette of diagonally braced panels.

Architect: Harry Norris

323-325 Bourke St

Commonwealth Bank, Bourke St

6 Commonwealth Bank of Australia (1939-41)

A very plain, block-like building featuring narrow bronze-framed windows. Am I the only one who think this looks like something out of the old Superman TV series?

Architect: W. Henderson

219-229 Bourke St

Bank of NSW building

7 Westpac (1929)

Formely Bank of NSW. A bank building of polished granite and bronze. Featuring a full-WIDTH entablature with winged scarab.

Architect: Godfrey and Spowers

190-192 Bourke St

Blockbuster video Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

8 Ex-Blockbuster video (1934)

Formerly Patterson Ltd building. Strong vertical ribs of mottled green. A full WIDTH of spandrels at the first floor are incised with a faux Egyptian motif.

Architect: A. W. Parnell

152-160 Bourke St

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10 Kurrajong House (1926)

A restrained building, relying on a central column of bay windows for vertical emphasis.

Architect: R. M. & M. H. King

175-177 Bourke St

11 Melbourne Theosophical Society (1936)

Highly influenced by Egyptian forms, so popular in the Art Deco period, it features Egyptian columns with papyrus capitals.

Architect: Marsh and Michaelson

181-187 Collins St

Manchester Unity Building, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

12 Manchester Unity (1932)

A building in Grand Commercial Gothic style, strongly vertical with a tower reaching a further 23.7 metres (78 feet). Inside, low reliefs record colonial achievements.

Architect: Marcus Barlow

220-226 Collins St

Century Building

13 Century Building (1939)

A memorable building with a tower rising above bright white faience blocks.

Architect: Marcus Barlow

125-133 Swanston St

14 Capitol Theatre (1926)

Featuring strong geometric forms, this theatre has lost some of its major features including the whole stalls area.

Architect: Marion Mahoney Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin.

109-117 Swanston St

Newspaper House, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

15 Newspaper House (1933)

The result of a competition, it features a facade clad with sandstone ashlar with pairs of balconettes and a glass mosaic by Napier Waller entitled "I'll put a girdle around the earth".

Architect: Stephenson & Meldrum

247-249 Collins St

Howey House

16 Howey House (1929)

Features a mezzanine floor with arched window flanked by three musical figures.

Architect: Marcus Barlow

234-238 Collins St

Kodak House, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

17 Kodak House (1934-5)

Features pressed stainless steel spandrels from horizontal bands and steel-framed windows.

Architect: Oakley & Parks

252 Collins St

Block Court

18 Block Court (1930)

A shopping arcade inserted into built into an existing 1890 building has ceiling cornices and centrepieces decorated with bold flowers and zig zag motifs and a polychromatic terrazzo floor.

Architect: Harry Norris

288 Collins St

Alkira House, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

19 Alkira House (1936)

Streamlined Moderne, it features a green tile frame around industrial glass blocks providing natural light to the stairway. Additional fins curve back over the parapet and lock onto the facade.

Architect: James Wardrop

18 Queen St

National Trustees Building, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

20 National Trustees Executors Agency (1939)

Features a balcony with a balustrade of diagonally crossed ribs.

Architect: Anketell & K. Henderson

93-95 Queen St

ACA Building, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

21 Australian Assurance Co Ltd (1936)

Features striated pilasters rising through three floors to chevron capitals and finned buttresses that curve to a slight setback. Additional fins leap over and lock onto the parapet.

Architect: Hennessy Hennessy & Co

118-126 Queen St

Beehive Building, Elizabeth St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

22 Beehive Building (1935)

One of the most distinctive buildings in Melbourne, it features steel-framed bay windows which reach out to the horizontal banded spandrels. The beehive on the parapet has been removed.

Architect: J. Plottel

92-94 Elizabeth St

23 Yule House (1932)

Probably the first Art Deco building to be constructed in Melbourne. Features strong, horizontal spandrels faced with cream faience terracotta.

Architect: Oakley & Parks

309 Little Collins St

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