Site updated 7 November, 2009

Art Deco Architecture Photo Galleries:

The story behind the Photo Galleries

In September 1999, Art Deco World commenced a project intended to establish a unique online photographic record of as much of Sydney's extensive inter-war architectural heritage as was achievable by one person with an advanced digital camera and the occasional sunny weekend.

Sixteen months later we are near to completing the first stage of this project - namely, the initial documentation of the 100 or so significant Deco buildings of various types that are located in central Sydney and it's nearby suburbs.

We are not particularly interested in "documenting" the current status of the buildings featured in the traditional manner. Our interest is in securing a contemporary photographic image that presents each subject in as close to its original condition and context as possible. To this end the visual impositions of later accretions, adjacent buildings and contemporary streetscapes have either been avoided by judicious framing or else digitally removed.

During 2000 the project took on a life of it's own, enabling us to document many of the significant Art Deco buildings of New York City and Chicago.

In 2001 our major new focuses will be Melbourne - Australia's second-largest city both in terms of size and quantity of Art Deco architecture - and the national capital, Canberra.

As always however our primary focus remains on Sydney - one of the largest, most important and - until recently - overlooked Art Deco cities outside of the United States.

George Cruickshank
January 2001


Buildings in all online photo galleries above are identified by their original names as far as known. In some cases this may not reflect current ownership, occupancy or signage.

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Unless otherwise noted all photographic images throughout this website are entirely original, and remain the property of George Cruickshank and Art Deco World. Images may be reproduced elsewhere with appropriate acknowledgment. High resolution versions of all images throughout this site are available for private and commercial applications.














Thinking of visiting Sydney?

As an exclusively online business Art Deco World does not maintain the overheads of a "real" shopfront.

Sydney residents or visitors who wish to inspect our stock in person are however welcome to make an appointment to visit our offices, conveniently located a short distance from the centre of the city.

We make great coffee, and as an added bonus some of Australia's finest Art Deco buildings can be found just around the corner!











Art Deco World is the passion of Sydney resident George Cruickshank, who had his first Art Deco experience via a classified ad over ten years ago, and has been attempting to satisfy the resultant cravings ever since.



Your online store specialising in quality, original streamline-moderne decorator items, homewares, collectables and gifts from the 1920's, 30's and 40's.

...and we ship worldwide too!

As the new millenium dawns, many people are beginning to appreciate for the first time the products of the global design and manufacturing revolution that occurred in the early decades of the 20th Century.

70 or more years after its heyday, the Art Deco style - characterised by the use of streamlined shapes, stylised forms and 'machine age' materials such as chrome and bakelite - can seem remarkably modern.

This ensures Art Deco items are ideal for decorating contemporary as well as period interiors, and explains the rising popularity and investment value of such pieces.

Until now though, there have been only limited opportunities for ordinary people with everyday budgets to obtain good quality, authentic Art Deco pieces from a reliable, knowledgable source.

That's where we come in!

Art Deco World are specialists in howewares, appliances and unique gifts and decorator items suitable for all types of home or office environments.

Included in our catalogue are such items such as bookends, candle holders, trays, photo frames, telephones, waffle irons, coffee percolators, lighting, clocks, vases, and cocktail sets.

Quality manufacturers represented include Chase, Manning Bowman, Revere, Westinghouse, GE, Sunbeam and Telechron.

Art Deco World personally source each and every item in our store from a range of suppliers around the world, so no matter what you are looking for, if it's not in stock today we have a good chance of finding it for you!

Shipping: Because we specialise in smaller items, shipping costs are kept low, which is why our prices include airfreight shipping to anywhere in the world!

Payment: All items in our store are priced in Australian Dollars. US and European customers will find that a weak Australian Dollar (currently worth around 60 US cents) makes shopping at Art Deco World a pleasantly affordable exercise.

An automated currency converter is available for your convenience. Exchange rates will be calculated by your bank/credit card company at the time your order is processed.

For online transactions we accept payment only by credit card (Bankcard, VISA, Mastercard). If you would like to conduct your transaction offline or in person, we can accept bank cheques (Australian customers only), bank drafts in Australian Dollars, drawn on an Australian Bank (non- Australian customers) or via direct payment to our account.

Condition and description of goods: Because the items in our catalogue can range from 50 to 80 years old, customers need to be aware that despite the exacting quality standards we apply, some evidence of a long history of loving use may be evident.

In all cases we provide detailed descriptions of any observed faults, and additional photographs of any item can be emailed within 24 hours, on request.

Refunds: Of course if you are not satisfied that our description is accurate we'll happily refund your money (return shipping at your expense) if notified within 15 days of our shipping date.

Reproductions: We do not sell reproductions. All items in our store are guaranteed to be authentic and original. In some cases pieces may be fully or partially restored, as noted in their description.

We buy as well! We are always on the lookout for new items for our store, so if you've found something in the attic you think we might be interested in buying, send us some details by email, and we'll be happy to respond quickly and honestly.

Mailing List: If you'd like to be notified of changes to our site, or the arrival of new stock items, we'll happily add your details to our mailing list. Any personal or credit information you provide us is at all times treated with strictest confidence.