Saturday, September 12, 2009

Peek Frean Biscuit Factory

Peek Freans biscuit factory
Also known as the Vita-Weet building this heritage landmark located at 476 Parramatta Road in Ashfield was the Peek Frean Biscuit factory from 1935 to 1975. The building, designed by architects Ross & Rowe, was notable for its colossal cantilever concrete awning. The tower was added sometime after 1937 which changed the scale of the structure.

The building was sold to Consolidated Biscuits, owner of Arnott's biscuits, who operated there until 1993 when it was purchased by Havenmaze Ltd. Bunnings Hardware have operated on the site since 2001.

Clock tower detail

Clock tower

Sources;
- Library of NSW
- Ashfield Council record




More Art Deco information can be found on the DecoWorks Pty Ltd website.

2 comments:

  1. The tower was added after 1943 as it cannot be seen in the 1943 aerial images on sixmaps.

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  2. Well spotted samori. A good bit of detective work. Thank you :-)

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