Friday, October 28, 2011

The Australian Hotel

Also know as the Abercrombe hotel the Australian Hotel, situated at 100-102 Broadway in Chippendale, was constructed in 1938 and is situated on the southern extremity of the Carlton (Tooths) Brewery site.

It has aesthetic significance as part of a group of five brick hotels constructed in the Sydney CBD in the interwar Functionalist style. They are the Clare Inn, Sutherlands hotel, the Hotel Hollywood and the Civic hotel.

The Australian Hotel building features face brickwork, vertical elements and a curving facade with deeply recessed balconies, all of which are identifiers of the style.

The Australian Hotel was one of three hotels built in close proximity to the Carlton (Tooths) Brewery, the others being the Clare Inn and Sutherlands. The architects were Copeman, Lemont and Keesing the builder was H.W. Thompson.

The original tiles are still on the building and are in good condition as shown in the photo below.

Source City of Sydney Heritage Listings

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

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