Robin Grow, Art Deco Architects
In this film Robin Grow talks about the most prominent Art Deco architects of Melbourne.
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Robin Grow is the president of the Art Deco and Modernism Society Inc., an international society with over 750 members. Amongst other events, the Society hosted the World Congress on Art Deco in Melbourne in 2007. Grow is passionate about the preservation of Inter-war buildings and has a special interest in researching and documenting the architecture and designers of the Inter-war period in Victoria. He has written and presented extensively on the era and is the author of a forthcoming book on the Art Deco style in Melbourne. In 2008 he provided assistance to the National Gallery of Victoria in the presentation of the Art Deco 1910-1939 exhibition.
There were a number of prominent architects who worked in Melbourne in the Art Deco era.
One of them as prominent was Harry Norris, who designed Mitchell House in Elizabeth Street, but is best known for his domestic commission at Sherbrooke called 'Burnham Beeches', which is a classic example of what's known as nautical moderne styling.
So it has ship's railings and it has portholes and it's a large property. It's currently being restored.
Another prominent architect was Marcus Barlow, and he designed primarily commercial buildings, and probably two of his most prominent ones are Manchester Unity and the Century Building in Swanson Street, commonly known as the 'Barlow Bookends'.
Another prominent architect was IG Anderson, and he was mainly responsible for blocks of flats around the city, and he was very popular with developers.
He worked fast and he worked... not cheap, but he kept to a budget. And he's responsible for some notable blocks around, such as Ostend on the beach at Brighton and also an enclave called 'Garden Court' in East Melbourne, a whole fully retained little cul-de-sac full of Art Deco blocks of flats.
Probably another one that had a major influence was Norman Seabrook, and he was responsible for the design of MacRob Girls in South Melbourne, which really set the scene for a lot of public buildings and factories for the next decade.