Saturday, September 12, 2009
Located at 128-140 Broadway in the Sydney suburb of Chippendale Pioneer House is largely intact and is a good example of an interwar Art Deco commercial building designed by Wright and Apperly Architects. The building makes a strong contribution to the Broadway Streetscape.
One of the nice aspects of Pioneer house is the brick detailing along the top of the front facade. The design is arranged symetrically about the axis of the prominant vertical triangular windows which combine to give a stately and monumental feel to the building without being garish.
More classic Art Deco touches can be found at ground level along the side of the building near the corner entry door in the form of inverted stepped pyramids. Overall Pioneer House is a well balanced building which, as stated previously, makes a great contribution to the Broadway streetscape in Chippendale.
View of the main facade
Corner entrance detail
Source City of Sydney Heritage Listings
More Art Deco information can be found on the DecoWorks Pty Ltd website.