B# Big Band CD Discount Offer

The B# Big Band are offering friends and members of ADMSA a 10% discount on their latest CD, United in Swing, featuring acclaimed US jazz trombonist – Wycliffe Gordon. The 12 tracks features 17 high calibre ‘Australian apostles’ of Big Band Swing, a special Aust-USA collaboration, Yvette Johansson’s sparkling vocals with inspiration from the original ‘mid century kings’ of great …

Name Change

At the Annual General Meeting in October 2016, members voted to change the name of our society to Art Deco & Modernism Society of Australia, inc. (ADMSA) reflecting the fact that we have members from right across the country.

Capitol Bakeries Building, cnr Chapel St & Toorak Rd, South Yarra (Summer 2016)

After a decade-long battle to preserve the Capitol building, demolition has commenced on this prominent South Yarra corner. The building started life as one of Melbourne’s cable-car engine-sheds before being converted to a bakery in 1936 after the trams were electrified. The makeover was designed by prolific local architect Harry Norris. The massive development of apartment blocks in South Yarra …

Rootes Factory, Port Melbourne (Winter 2015)

A major part of Port Melbourne’s industrial and military history is currently under threat. The former Rootes building (19-25 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne) was constructed in 1941 and was the site for the design and development of prototypes of tanks.  In 1943, the tank project was terminated and the building was used for the Maintenance section of the Department of …

Civic Hall, Ballarat (Winter 2015)

After a lot of hard work by many people in Ballarat (principally the Save Civic Hall group), it appears that the Hall is no longer facing demolition. A lengthy and extensive public consultation process has resulted in a number of adaptive re-use options being presented to Council, the owners of the building. ADMS is still awaiting the outcome of our …

The Palace Theatre, Melbourne (Autumn 2014)

A sad day for Melbourne is just about to take place with the imminent closure of the Palace Theatre (formerly the Metro) at the top of Bourke Street.  The owners wish to replace the building with a new hotel.  It robs Melbourne of a major live music venue, much-loved by many. It began live as a live theatre in 1912, …