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This major photographic project documents 20th Century Modernism throughout Australia. Join me, Thomas Ryan, on a photographic journey as I document Australian 20th Century Modernism through the camera lens. Art Deco, Inter-war, Post War, Brutalism,are just some of the styles I document in this fascinating period in Australia's built history.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Lonsdale House Melbourne - Condemned to demolition

Lonsdale House, designed in 1934 (Architect I.G Anderson), was once on the list of Modernist buildings to explore whilst in Melbourne city.

The iconic Art Deco building was sadly demolished in 2010 to make way for a Myer redevelopment that will see a new glass box replace the iconic building that had stood on the site for some 70+ years.

Whilst in recent years there has been an appreciation for Modernist buildings, especially those from the Art Deco period, Lonsdale House proves that the days of wasteful demolition are still rife. But instead of 19th Century buildings being demolished, it's now our Modernist heritage that is at risk.

As a professional photographer much of my time is spent documenting buildings that are under threat in order to document their presence before they are vastly changed or demolished and lost forever; Lonsdale House was a case in point and a building that I had to visually document before it's sad fate.

To view my photo essay on Lonsdale House just months before it's demolition, and other Melbourne Modernist gems click here

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