Art Deco Buildings and Architecture – Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay

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Art Deco Buildings and Architecture – Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay

There are many Art Deco buildings to see in Sydney. A high number of these are residential, particularly residential apartments. Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay have the highest concentration of architecture from this period. You will not find such an abundence of Art Deco architecture, so close together, anywhere else in Australia.

Starting the tour

Catch an Eastern Suburbs or Illawarra line train or a bus to Kings Cross Station.

Section 1:
Directions:

Leave Kings Cross Station and cross over Darlinghurst Rd into Bayswater Road. Start walking east. The fourth street on your left is Roslyn Street. Turn left into Roslyn Street passing by the property at number 67. Cross Roslyn Street and turn right into the street named Roslyn Gardens. Continue north along Roslyn Gardens where you will pass number 22 Roslyn on your right. (The property entrance is on Evans Road, to view, turn right into Evans road to find the driveway on the right).
Continue back along Roslyn Gardens to the end of this road. This will bring you to the intersection with Elizabeth Bay Road. Cross into Ithaca Road (further along on the left).Walk to number 2a.

Stopover:

CHATSBURY – 6-8 Ithaca Road (1939). This building has a distinctly Art Deco brick entrance.

Section 2:
Directions:

Continue to the end of Ithaca Road for sea views if you like (and then walk back to Billyard Ave), or simply turn left before the end of the road to take you in to Billyard Avenue. Walk down Billyard Ave where there are a number of properties of interest.

Stopover:

CAVERSHAM COURT – 25 Billyard Avenue (1939). This building has a wonderful column of round rooms.

Section 3:
Directions:

Continue north along Billyard Ave, after you pass Onslow Avenue (on your left) there is a lane on the left. Turn into the lane and walk to the end. This will bring you on to Macleay Street. Turn right. Follow Macleay St north to the bend where the road becomes Wylde Street. There, turn left in to St Neot Avenue. Walk to the end of Neot Ave, turn right into Grantham Street, then turn left into Oak Lane, which will bring you back out onto Wylde Street.

Stopover:

WYLDEFEL GARDENS (1936) 8 Wylde Street. Architects: John R. Brogan William Alfred Crowle. When this complex was completed in 1936 it was the most modern apartment block in town. The design was influenced by a European housing project seen by William Crowle when he visited Germany

Section 4:
Directions:

This part of the walk is Art DeCoast and takes you along the waterfront. Continue your walk down Wylde St to the end where it turns back on itself and becomes Cowper Wharf Road. Follow Cowper Wharf Road south and walk along the waterfront until you come to the first street on the left, Brougham Street. Turn left into Brougham Street and walk a few paces. Where the road straightens there is a lane on your left. If you walk to the end of this lane it will bring you onto Victoria Street. Turn left and walk down Victoria Street. Turn left onto Victoria and continue north until you see the first street on the right, Challis Ave. Turn right into Challis Ave and walk to the end where you will come back out on Macleay Street. Walk south up Macleay Street then turn left into Crick Ave. View the properties in Crick Ave then cross back over Macleay into Manning Street (almost opposite Crick Ave). Then walk to the end of Manning Street and turn left into Tusculum Street.

Stopover:

Brick block of flats with curved corners.

Section 5:
Directions:

Exit Tusculum to arrive on Hughes Street. Turn left and walk to the corner of Hughes and Macleay Streets.

Stopover:

BYRON HALL (1929)
97-99 Macleay Street (cnr Hughes Street) Architect:Claud Hamilton. Note the use of bay windows and balconies to break up the brick.

Section 6:
Directions:

Head back into Hughes Street, turn left on to Hughes Lane then left again into Hughes Place. Walk down Hughes Place.

Stopover:

Here are two of the finest examples of Streamline Moderne architecture in Australia. The geometric lines and curves of the theatre are classic features and a stunning compliment to the blocks of flats and apartments seen so far. They reinforce this area as Art Deco.

Section 7:
Directions:

Walk out of Hughes Place, turn left onto Hughes Lane, continue to the end then go left into Orwell Street. Walk to the end of Orwell Street. Cross over Macleay Rd (Fitzroy Gardens will be visible). Heading left, take the first right into Greenknowe Avenue. Continue along Greenknowe and go left into Onslow Avenue where there are some more properties to see. After them, turn back, on the right is Onslow Place.

Stopover:

3 Onslow Place, brick flats with protruding curved balconies.

Section 8:
Directions:

Take Onslow Place all the way around and back out on to Onslow Ave then head south towards the intersection of Greenknowe Ave. Turn left into Elizabeth Bay Road. Keep walking in the same direction following the road, it will loop back around on itself.

Stopover:

ADEREHAM HALL (1934) 71 Elizabeth Bay Road. Architects: Gordon McKinnon Sons. A large white building with Art Deco friezes around the top.

63 Elizabeth Bay Road Architect: Emil Sodersten.

Section 9:
Directions:

Walk back to the interection of Greenknowe and Onslow. Turn left into Elizabeth Bay Road. You will see Birtley Towers as you enter Elizabeth Bay Road. Continue up Elizabeth Bay Road and take your first right into Birtley Place. As you are leaving Birtley Place you will see 17 Elizabeth Bay over the road. Continue south down Elizabeth Bay Road (Lawrence Hargreave Park should be on your left). Walk until you come to the intersection with Barnclueth Square and cross to the right into Barncleuth Lane.

Stopover:

17 Elizabeth Bay Road. Brick flats built in a stepped configuration, with horizontal bands along the top, running the length of the building.

Section 10:
Directions:

View 3 Barncleuth Lane 1a Barncleuth Square (on the corner). Walk back crossing the intersection over Ward Ave, which will take you to the entrance of Marlborough Hall.

Stopover:

MARLBOROUGH HALL (1938) 4 Ward Avenue, Architect: Emil Sodersten. Built in brick in an L-shaped formation to take in the views of the harbour. Space for planting gardens was incorporated into the design.

The OXLEY – 12 Ward Avenue. Interesting window above the entrance.

Section 11:
Directions:

Head back to Ward Avenue. Continue south to Bayswater Road (4th on the right). Turn right into Bayswater Road and walk to the end. Kings Cross Station will be opposite you on Darlinghurst Road. Cross Darlinghurst Road and make your way left behind Kings Cross Station, that will bring you onto Victoria Street. Walk down Victoria Street to number 171. View and enter number 171 (The Piccadilly Hotel) to end your walk.

Stopover:

Piccadilly Hotel, 171 Victoria Street. In the 1930s cinemas and hotels relied on Art Deco Style as eye-catching advertising. This pub is a classic example (and you may just be in need of a drink by now).

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2 Comments

  1. Wow! I live in Evans Road just off Roslyn Gardens – I’m going to try this walk out and look at the buildings you’ve mentioned as I’m a huge Deco fan! Thank you!

  2. I would like further details about the Oxley – Do you know the architect aht designed the building amd when it was built.

    Regards

    Margaret McCue

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