Moree Art Deco Buildings


The term Art Deco is used to describe stylistic changes that occurred to nearly every visual medium in the interwar years and for a number of years before and after. It covers "modern" approaches to architecture, fashion, art, graphics and film. The new aesthetics were also found in industrial design, furniture, transport, communications, and in household items. The style, which was universal, represents a move away from traditional values and was characterised by clean, geometric and elegant lines that replaced the excessive decoration of previous styles. It drew its inspiration from many cultures but is generally regarded as having its origins in pre-WWI Europe. Its introduction occurred concurrently with massive changes in technology that saw the introduction of new materials and manufacturing techniques that allowed goods and items to become available to the masses.

It remains popular around the world and is increasingly appreciated by new generations who are enchanted by its simplicity, style, design, superior materials and finishes.

Reference from: Art Deco and Modernism Society

 Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches



 Moree's Disastrous Fire, December 3rd 1928

Ten days later Moree suffered another staggering blow with a second major fire, which razed the Central Hotel and business houses from Frome Lane to present Cole Store.


Where the Hotel Imperial once stood. Opposite is A.C. Reid & Co's. fine Emporium, which though considerably damaged, had a miraculous escape. The Hotel Imperial burning furiously from end to end. Note the great volume of flames shooting hundreds of feet in the air.

The remains of the Royal Hotel, corner Heber and Auburn Street, In the distance, along Auburn Street, can be seen the wreckage of the private homes destroyed by the fire.

View of Balo Street, showing H.W. Jones Mercery establishment on the right, where, owing to the building being of brick construction, the fire was checked.

The smouldering ruins, where Heber Street intersects Balo and Auburn Streets.

Reference: from Rising Sun Society


The new Moree Artdeco buildings from 1928

 Video Tour of Moree Artdeco Buildings