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PostPosted: 17 Jan 2008, 16:46 
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I have been unable to find out much at all about Lyle Fowler, apart from the fact that he was a commerical photographer - born 1891 and died 1969.

In lieu of any more information, here are some of his great photographs:

Close up of Broken Hill Chambers, Queen st - dated ca: 1935:

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Warehouse in McKillop St - dated 1954:

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The Rialto - dated 1954:

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Cromwell Building in Bourke St - dated 1954:

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Dress circle of the Capitol Theatre - dated 1950:

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Dress circle of the Regent Theatre - dated 1948:

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Regent Theatre - dated 1948:

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Foy & Gibson Department Store:

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Intersection of Collins & Elizabeth - dated ca: 1910-1920:

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The Mint - dated ca: 1940:

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St James Building, William Street - dated: ca: 1940-49

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Looking up Swanston St - dated: ca1910-20:

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Intersection Collins & Russell St - dated: ca: 1926

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Russell Street - dated: ca:1926

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PostPosted: 17 Jan 2008, 17:30 
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Fantastic work J.v.d.A.

The Cromwell building was a really unique design.

I love the Burke & Wills Hotel where the T&G is now, and the building next to it was pretty interesting too.

Foys has been pretty unsympathetically treated over the years for what would have been a landmark moderne building. Never seen the building directly beside it on Bourke Street before.


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The building in question next to Foy's is the Esquire theatre also known as the Hoyts De Luxe.

From cinematreasures.org:

"The De Luxe Theatre opened on 27 March 1915 and only showed films, and like many other Melbourne Cinemas had a wurlitzer organ. The architect was William Pitt. The lobby had a floor of mosaic tiles and the walls to a height of 8 feet were covered in silver-blue tiles. A marble staircase leads up to the Dress Circle foyer. The auditorium walls had a 10 foot high golden brown tiled dado, relieved with cream and blue inlaid panels. The upper part of these walls featured hand painted panels of simple landscapes. These were covered over in the late 1920's for talkies"

"The Esquire was actually GUTTED to create further retail space for the adjacent department store. It has since been rebuilt at street level into an aracde/food-court. The original "Hoyts (Deluxe) Pictures" facade remains in all its glory, hidden behind a 1976 false street frontage. The facades original double arched windows - complete with "Hoyts Pictures" in cement render on the central column are still there, waiting to be re-discovered by a new generation of cinema archeologists... one day!
The Deluxe/Esquire was built on the site of the original St.Georges Hall - the birthplace of "Hoyts Theatres". Next door was Melbourne's historic THEATRE ROYAL, a live venue which closed in 1934 and was demolished for - you guessed it - more retail space!"

for even more info and some pics go to:
http://www.theatreorgans.com/southerncr ... DeLuxe.htm

Yep, the facade is all still there hidden behind the cladding of the Target centre. Also hidden behind the cladding is the Moderne facade of Mantons drapers (which now houses Target itself)......

(1953)......
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shooter wrote:
The building in question next to Foy's is the Esquire theatre also known as the Hoyts De Luxe.

From cinematreasures.org:

"The De Luxe Theatre opened on 27 March 1915 and only showed films, and like many other Melbourne Cinemas had a wurlitzer organ. The architect was William Pitt. (1953)......

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I should have known.

Is there anything that this guy designed that wasn't completely unique and distinctive looking ?

I'll have to add this building and info to the database.

Cheers !


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PostPosted: 23 Jan 2008, 11:00 
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In relation to the Foy & Gibson Buildings in Smith Street, Collingwood,

http://www.smithstreet.org/heritage/foy_and_gibson_coles_variety_and_secret_tunnels.php

It describes the secret tunnels underpinning Smith Street which are still there today, and makes for interesting reading...


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shooter wrote:
Yep, the facade is all still there hidden behind the cladding of the Target centre. Also hidden behind the cladding is the Moderne facade of Mantons drapers (which now houses Target itself)......

(1953)......
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Unbelievable.

I wonder if the Art Deco Society knows about this.

let's start a petition for Target to remove that rubbish and reinstate the old moderne facade.


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