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Home Open Doors 2010 Art Deco buildings of Hobart walking tour, Hobart

Art Deco Walking Tour, various sites in Hobart

Hobart is renowned for its Georgian sandstone buildings but until recently the city's range of twentieth century architecture has received little recognition. This tour will highlight some of Hobart's Art Deco heritage.

Art Deco refers to a style of French decorative art created in the first decades of the twentieth century, but the term has come to include many aspects of decorative art and design between the First and Second World Wars and sometimes through to the 1950s.

The Art Deco style combined an austere aesthetic with fanciful, exotic and ancient motifs. It also celebrated the dynamic and exciting aspects of the machine age. It was an ideal architecture for the age of electricity, rapid communication and transportation: an age of energy and speed. It has a very visible presence in Hobart.

Heritage Experience

This guided tour, led by local Art Deco enthusiasts, will view Art Deco buildings in the Hobart CBD area including the former Hydro-Electric Commission Head Office, the T&G building, hotels and office buildings, apartments and more. Hear about the architectural merits of these places and learn about the Art Deco style as it applied in Hobart.

Opening Times

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Tour starts at 2pm.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Tour starts at 11am.

The meeting point is the former Hydro Electric Commission Head Office on the corner of Elizabeth and Davey Streets.

Bookings are essential.

To book, phone Heritage Tasmania on 1300 850 332.

This walk covers several city blocks. A reasonable level of fitness and shoes suitable for walking are recommended.