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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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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Walter Davis Store - Ballarat Art Deco
Whilst Ballarat is often be referred to as a town with a lot of gold rush Victorian buildings, there are also many Modernist buildings, and several are from the Art Deco period.
Take a walk into the Ballarat Mall and you will come across this wonderful shop facade, that's still in original condition.
Whilst one may often look upwards to find period features of an Art Deco or other period, it's rare to see period features down at the street level. But every now and again you do, and this is one such example, and the period features continue inside.such as the case at the Walter Davis Store. The original period features continue throughout the interior. It wouldn't surprise me too if it was originally a clothing store.
It's historically important that these shops still exist, because whilst many period buildings may have their original facades, most have lost their interior spaces due to modernisation. Shops such as this one allow us to witness another period in Australian social and architectural history.
There are several shops throughout Australia that still retain their original shop-front features such as this wonderful shops does. Look out for future posts on other such shops.