Presentation – Industrial Designers and Art Deco Design – 2 May @ 8.00pm


Collector, photographer and author, Peter Sheridan explores the input of industrial designers to the Art Deco style, highlighting the work of Walter Dorwin Teague and Isamu Noguchi in the 1930s. This is a brand new lecture with fascinating insights into the story of Art Deco and images of pieces rarely seen. Thursday 2 May at Caulfield RSL, 4 St Georges …

Art Deco and Modernist Calendar 2024


The 2024 ADMSA Calendar – Collecting Art Deco Cost is $20 (pick-up/at events) or $25 (including postage within Australia). Overseas price available on application. Click to download the 2024 ADMSA Calendar Order Form Thank you for your support!

Post 2023 World Congress Presentation – 20 July 2023


The 16th World Congress on Art Deco: Modernism – Florida’s Hidden Treasures was held in April 2023.  Attendees were treated to a celebration of Art Deco and Modernism that included guided tours, lectures, exhibits and events highlighting the early 20th Century architectural history and design treasures of Central Florida, Miami/Miami Beach and Palm Beach. ADMSA members will share their highlights, photographs and memories of …

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.

Asbestos House, Southbank (Summer 2016)

ADMSALost Buildings, Preservation, Victoria

Another Harry Norris building has been demolished, this one on the corner of City Road and Clarendon Street, Southbank. Designed by Norris in 1936 as the headquarters for James Hardie and Co, it was named Asbestos House, as many of the major building products manufactured and sold by the firm contained asbestos. Of course, this was in the days when …

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

ADMSALost Buildings, Preservation, Victoria

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)

ADMSAPreservation, Victoria

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 …