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Goulburn Art Deco

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 5 February 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Well, we have come to the end of our heritage trail around Goulburn - Australia's First Inland City. I hope you have enjoyed the series!

We are now on Montague Street - just down the road from the court house. This building - as you can see - Elmslea Chambers - is a stunning example of Art Deco.

This was one of the first buildings in Australia to use glazed ceramic building blocks – much cheaper than carved stone. Built in 1935, the building is very rich in ornamental detail. Above the entrance, in baked ceramic tiles, is a ram’s head set against a sunburst; and on either side you can see pairs of ibises in stylized leaves. Under the windows, you can also see the Art Deco sunbursts.

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Brian from Canberra, Australia

Great shot Stephen. My favourite building in Goulburn

5 Feb 2011 5:20am

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice colors !

5 Feb 2011 8:12am

marci from in, Morocco

once again, fabulous POV! I can picture you laying back on the ground to get this angle!?

5 Feb 2011 8:24am

@marci: Thanks, Marci! Yes, I was laying flat on the pavement to get this angle - and it was a baking hot day!

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Ce bâtiment est très coloré ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée.

5 Feb 2011 8:29am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I wonder if the symbols been something? Sheep and cereal production, perhaps?

5 Feb 2011 8:41am

@CElliottUK: Yes – spot on about the symbols. A rich pastoralist named Frank Leahy had the building designed in this style. Goulburn continues to be the centre of a wealthy wool growing region.

philippe from moselle, France

il faut oser la couleur la face de ce bâtiment en est bien la preuve, très réjouissant !!!
bonne journée chez toi Stephen...

5 Feb 2011 8:55am

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Beautiful art deco classicism. Wonderful photo. Some of the best deco seems to have
come from 1935. I worked in one for 3 years, and every day I entered the lobby I got
a supreme thrill to be there, especially since I was young and collected art deco vor-
aciously at the time. Some classic lamps they had, I was hurting not to have them.

5 Feb 2011 9:42am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Nice building and colors!

5 Feb 2011 9:58am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nice PoV and colour

5 Feb 2011 10:10am

JCJ from Troyes, France

une façade sympathiquement décorée

5 Feb 2011 10:11am

Theys roland from Belgium

Great shot Stephen.bravo!

5 Feb 2011 10:25am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A delectable piece of art deco, nicely captured

5 Feb 2011 10:37am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Original and nice building.

5 Feb 2011 10:48am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I love to see this artistic represented here and now in your picture. I am excited about any art in this line is in architecture, decoration and pictures ... A pleasure to admire this beautiful building with this excellent POV. Color, light and forms explosive feelings. Congratulations to enjoy this wonderful ... and photograph ... Best regards, Adela

5 Feb 2011 10:53am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Yeah, it is a bit special Stephen.

5 Feb 2011 10:54am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Like these original & colorful decorations on the facade... interesting tour.

5 Feb 2011 11:35am

@Evelyne Dubos: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the tour!

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom


5 Feb 2011 11:51am

tataray from france, France

Un angle extra.))
Et les couleurs superbes. Belle capture.

5 Feb 2011 1:20pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of nature Canada &, United Kingdom

A great way to end with a fine frame, Stephen.

5 Feb 2011 1:30pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great shot. Colourful decorations and nice art work. Wonderful series. Excellent Stephen :)

5 Feb 2011 3:31pm

@Sam: Thanks, Sam. Glad you enjoyed the series!

Sam from Chennai, India

Great shot. Colourful decorations and nice art work. Wonderful series. Excellent Stephen :)

5 Feb 2011 3:32pm

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Original et coloré ce batiment, belle image !

5 Feb 2011 4:02pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

This Aries ram is appreciating a fine building. Art Deco is always one of my favourite periods, and this is a stunning example of it, wonderfully photographed. Thanks for the great tour!

5 Feb 2011 5:32pm

@Rick: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the tour!

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great shot! Nice POV and colours...

5 Feb 2011 6:33pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

It has been a great tour of Goulburn and this is a great shot of the art deco building.

5 Feb 2011 6:35pm

@kiwisa: Thanks for joining me on the tour!

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Beautiful facade for this building! rich and soft tones! It's a beautiful image!

5 Feb 2011 6:40pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

marvelous colors. fine pov

5 Feb 2011 6:57pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Beautiful shot, dynamic angle that really does justice to this fabulous building.

5 Feb 2011 8:15pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

nice find - lovely pastel colors! :)

5 Feb 2011 8:39pm

AnneJ from Figtree, Australia


I have driven through Goulburn a hundred times...now I am going to have to stop and find this building!!! Terrific angle

5 Feb 2011 9:18pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

Wow - Definitely a hidden gem in Canberra!
Really colourful facade - abso-bloody-lutely love it, mate.
Funny, the ibises look more like half-naked ladies to me.... Ha ha!

6 Feb 2011 12:55am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

magnifico color, excelente!

6 Feb 2011 1:02am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

What a beautiful capture to cap off this excellent series Stephen! Congratulations! ;-)

6 Feb 2011 1:58am

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks, Eric! Glad you enjoyed the series!

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Amazing shots of some beautiful buildings. The details are quite amazing and somehow unique!

6 Feb 2011 4:02am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Outstanding colors and great POV!

6 Feb 2011 4:16am

٭ ƸɼiϾ ٭ from Narbonne, France

wow, amazing house with these colors, nice shot :-))

6 Feb 2011 5:15am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Nicely made up building shot with an apt perspective and angle.

6 Feb 2011 7:51am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Wow! Stunning colours and I love the POV. What we won't do for a good photo... lol! I can just imagine you on your back on the hot pavement :)

6 Feb 2011 8:07am

Sussi from Landskrona, Sweden

Really nice, what a wonderful architecture, tasteful colors and composition!

6 Feb 2011 10:12am

JMS* from CHONBURI, Thailand

Superbe bâtiment consacré à la justice qui contraste singulièrement avec les nôtres.

6 Feb 2011 11:15am

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Gran contrapicado lleno de color.Buen trabajo.

6 Feb 2011 3:47pm

parisa from shiraz, Iran

excellent really nice color

6 Feb 2011 4:17pm

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Beautiful place. : )

6 Feb 2011 7:28pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is a pretty old building. That seems to be a clever use of the ceramic blocks. It looks like new!

6 Feb 2011 7:49pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, love the colour, cracking shot

6 Feb 2011 7:50pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Superb colors and nice symmetry !

6 Feb 2011 7:59pm

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden


6 Feb 2011 9:24pm

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

Beautiful colors and good symmetry... Good shot !!

7 Feb 2011 1:09pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful colours...love the angle of the shot!

7 Feb 2011 8:28pm

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

a fabulous building!!!!!!!! delighted to see it's in such good repair!

10 Feb 2011 3:37am

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