Friday, December 19, 2014

J Kitchen & Sons, Port Melbourne

former Kitchen's Administration Building, Port Melbourne

The former administration building of J Kitchen & Sons in Ingles Street, Port Melbourne has been boarded up for more than five years and it's fair to say those years haven't been kind to this mid-1920s building. Just about all the windows are broken and the facade is covered with graffiti.

former Kitchen's Administration Building, Port Melbourne

There is some hope on the horizon with Dr Jeanne Shaw and Sophie Fenton planning to open a school in the building in the next few years and I was lucky enough to tag along when they toured the building this morning.

former Kitchen's Administration Building, Port Melbourne

It's not the first time I've been inside this building. I've been inside once before in May 1996 when Unichema, as Kichen's had become by that time, still used the building as offices. You can read a bit about the building in this 2009 post.

former Kitchen's Administration Building, Port Melbourne

Unsurprisingly, the interior is not in very good shape at all. Vandals have done their work and some of the floor has been lifted to allow the removal of asbestos.

But it's still interesting to compare my photos from 1996 with the building today and have a peak at a few places I didn't get to on my first visit.


former Kitchen's Administration Building, Port Melbourne
Front Staircase


former Kitchen's Administration Building, Port Melbourne
The Main Office (from the balcony)


former Kitchen's Administration Building, Port Melbourne
The Director's Office

In 1996, I didn't make it into the Social Hall but here's what it looked like when it was opened from Kitchen's in-house magazine Advance in October 1925 compared with this morning.


former Kitchen's Administration Building, Port Melbourne

A highlight came in a strange little room on the roof of the main building with this homage to Rinso.

former Kitchen's Administration Building, Port Melbourne

Sunday, December 14, 2014

M&D Shapiro Hardware, New York City

M&D Shapiro Hardware, NYC

To to show there is some modest Deco in New York City. Here's M&D Shapiro Hardware in Bleecker Street.

M&D Shapiro Hardware, NYC

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

St Michael's Pumphouse, Toronto

St Michaels Pumphouse, Toronto
I don't know a lot about this building. It happens I'd rather get a photo or three than find out what the building is. I think it was part of a school.
St Michaels Pumphouse, Toronto
St Michaels Pumphouse, Toronto

Monday, December 8, 2014

95-97 Broadway, Boston

95-97 Broadway, Boston
Possibly a former commercial/industrial building converted to apartments at 95-97 Broadway, Boston, MA.
95-97 Broadway, Boston

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Burton Stores, Euroa

Burton Stores, Euroa
The simple Deco of the Burton Stores in Euroa in regional Victoria.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Leeton District Hospital

Leeton District Hospital
Leeton is a purpose built town designed by Walter Burley Griffin in the early part of the Twentieth Century in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area of New South Wales.
The town features many Art Deco buildings and the district hospital is no exception. A mostly plain brick building but with a lovely entrance.

Leeton District Hospital
The grounds include what looks like nurses' quarters which is even plainer but again has some decoration around the entrance.
Leeton District Hospital
I particularly like the small balcony above the doorway.
Leeton District Hospital
Plaques inside the porch indicate the foundation stone for this building was laid on 9th February 1938 by H P Fitzsimons MLA, NSW Minister for Health and he then opened the building on 23 April 1941.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Villas Hotel, Shanghai

Villas Hotel, Shanghai

It says 1931 in large numerals above one of the two main entrances to the Villas Hotel in Shanghai.  The heritage plaque on the building is less definite.  It says the building, a company building was built about the 1930s of reinforced concrete in modern style.


Villas Hotel, Shanghai

As you can see the hotel has a horizontal band of decoration between the ground floor and the first floor with vertical element in the centre.

Villas Hotel, Shanghai

And note the small concrete balconies with a wave motif.

Villas Hotel, Shanghai

Inside, the foyer is bright and airy leading to ...

Villas Hotel, Shanghai

... corridor with lifts to the upper floors and ...

Villas Hotel, Shanghai

... and perhaps some guest rooms.

Villas Hotel, Shanghai

Throughout the public areas on the ground floor there are exquisite lights and Art Deco details. Whether these are original, restored or new is difficult to tell.

Villas Hotel, Shanghai