Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Streamline Moderne house in Bendigo

One of the great things about Australia is the range of Art Deco building that are still around, and more importantly used and preserved.

One of our favorites is just on the road out of Bendigo towards Melbourne - a remarkably cohesive house still reflecting the original architect's intention with the building. Strictly speaking it's 'Streamline Moderne' rather than Art Deco, but either way you expect someone in impeccable thirties suiting to drive up in an equally fast open-top tourer. It's one of the houses supported by the Art Deco & Modernism Society.

As the National Trust entry says:
Roseview was designed by Godfrey Eathorne and constructed in 1939. It is one of the few Streamline Moderne houses in the Central Goldfields region, and was one of the earliest constructed in the Bendigo region. It is an outstanding example of this style of housing. It resembles an ocean liner, and reflects the emphasis on the streamlining of methods of transportation. It utilizes both flat and curved surfaces and has little external ornamentation. The use of materials such as rounded glass windows and metal window and door frames reflects an innovative approach to construction consistent with the style.

"A1" as they said then.

PS - in the highly unlikely event of anyone using this blog as a reference, I understand the house is a private dwelling, and thus not open for public viewing.

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