Writing has taken up more time than reading in recent months, but I’ve been slack in book blogging terms.
One of the projects I’ve been writing for is this wonderful book, Brisbane Art Deco: Stories of our Built Heritage.
The brainchild of Brisbane researcher Kim Wilson, the book features 35 buildings around our city built in the art deco style of the 1930s.
It’s a beautiful glossy publication of 152 pages, with more than 140 images, including historic photographs of some of the buildings of this fascinating era.
Brisbane Art Deco: Stories of our Built Heritage not only describes the architectural features of the buildings, but offers a colourful insight into the life and times of Brisbane. It also includes vignettes from Brisbane identities, who explain what some of the buildings mean to them personally.
Kim’s aim with the book, by sharing some of the interesting stories about Brisbane’s Art Deco heritage, was to highlight the significance of these structures in order to increase awareness of their value and strengthen efforts to preserve and protect such examples into the future.
The project was supported by the Brisbane City Council, through the Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History, and the Art Deco & Modernism Society. After its launch, it was the recipient of a Silver Award at the 2015 National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards.
As for my contribution, I was thrilled to be asked to write a chapter about the Walter Taylor Bridge (below) in the Brisbane suburb of Indooroopilly, where I lived for 18 years (almost within sight of the bridge). It’s a fabulous story, as the bridge was originally a toll-bridge and the toll-keeper and his family lived in an apartment on the bridge.
My other contribution was a small piece on the Stones Corner Plaza building, just down the street from where I live now.
A large team of contributing authors and illustrators worked on the book – and we’re all very proud of it. Well done, Kim!
Brisbane Art Deco: Stories of our Built Heritage can be bought online from Brisbane Art Deco, for $34.95.