Sunday, September 5, 2010

Fortitude Valley Baths

With Summer just around the corner and the temperatures rising, before long a trip to the local pool will be on the Sunday afternoon agenda. If Fortitude Valley Pool is your local, next time you head though the turnstile check out the great detail which the city architect of the time thought appropriate, and I think a wonderful touch!

Although much of the original building has been renovated, extended and changed, the facade remains intact and with it a balcony on axis with James Street. Such detailing of the time and what a great idea to transform the console brackets into Dolphins.

The City Architect was Alfred Herbert Foster who served in this position from 1925 until his death in 1932. Some other buildings designed during his time are the Bandstand in New Farm Park, the Kurilpa Library in West End and the ornate Power Sub-Station on the corner Gregory Terrace and Brunswick Street.

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