Art Deco and Modernist Calendar 2023


The 2023 ADMSA Calendar Art Deco from regional towns and cities. Cost is $20 (pick-up/at events) or $25 (including postage within Australia). Overseas price available on application. Click to download the 2023 ADMSA Calendar Order Form Thank you for your support!

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.

Asbestos House, Southbank (Summer 2016)

ADMSA Lost 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)

ADMSA Lost 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)

ADMSA Preservation, 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 …