Contrast in Design

Couldn’t resist comparing these typical examples of watering holes 12000 miles apart. Climate, local vegetation, geology all contribute to the variance in style. The clientele may be similar, as is the nature of the products on sale, but the built environment is so different.

Both types of venue could be classified as a threatened species in today’s world. Equivalent modern places of hospitality will probably be hard to distinguish by their varied style. Today no matter how far you travel  modern structures look much the same.

In Victorian times Australia and New Zealand had limitless supplies of local building timber, as is evidenced by the structure in the Melbourne area. Stone, faced with plaster was general in Ireland. The Melbourne area structure has a distinctive feature of that corner of Australia – “iron lace” balustrades – a feature of many older Melbourne buildings.

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