Friday, March 26, 2010

Elliott Community Hall - Art Deco Transition

This small but striking community hall is in the farming town of Elliot, North West Tasmania. As you drive along the highway, the building stands alone and this allows for its designs features to be emphasised. Although the top flagpole mast and detailing in the upper brick section are in the Art Deco style, the windows are showing a post 1950s modernist design, as is in the main door entrance which I am guessing was added much later as a replacement for older doors. Suppose what one could term a transitional building. It was opened by the Tasmanian Premier E. Reece in 1958.


  1. This building reminds me of scout halls, mechanics' institutes, dairies etc that popped up all over the Australian countryside.

    If I was on the council, I would not have chosen this design in 1958 for a community hall, but perhaps they had "flexibility" in mind. If there was only one such centre in the town, perhaps they wanted everyone to feel welcome there - Country Women's Association, boy scouts and families having weddings.

  2. Thanks for your comments. What design would you have chosen?


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