An accomplished, well travelled writer and reviewer, Michele resides in Brisbane. Witty and highly articulate, her rivetting reviews show life through the eyes of a highly Gifted Adult viewing a world where she has an IQ in the top 1% of that world.
Published April 4th 2012
Whilst this is not strictly a 'come on in' tourist attraction, the preserved Art Deco beauty of this heritage listed building makes it a must be seen and admired local structure. New York's Empire State Building is Art Deco and whilst it is formidable, the Coronet Flats are nicer. I've seen a lot of the world's architecture and I rate these elegant flats as one of the world's loveliest buildings. A pyramid just cant compete.
Art Deco design began as an eclectic movement in Paris in the 1920s and it swept the world. It drew breath from many artistic influences and came up with its own distinct style which can be described as symmetrical, geometric modernism. It flew in the face of its curvy, ornate predecessor, Art Nouveau and swept the decks clean of fussy ornamentation. My great grandmother removed the ornate brass candlesticks that were attached to the front of the family piano to modernise it and it was decades before we finally found some in an obscure antique shop in the Blue Mountains.
Overlooking New Farm Park, Coronet Flats have nine flats and I've never seen an interior picture, but I read that they have Roman baths. The three story brick building sits firmly on its foundations whilst appearing to fan out like a good hand of poker. Built in 1933, with a classy central entrance foyer, they are in impeccable condition and reflect the quality of work that went into them.
I'm an Art Deco collector with a house furnished in the style. I know Art Deco. One day I went up to the brass handled, double timber doors of Coronet Flats, pushed one open and stepped inside. The hands of time flew backwards. Feeling like a stowaway on a beautiful vessel, I found myself standing on opulent, claret coloured carpet in a large, circular foyer. To my left ascended a wooden staircase with detail to design. Doors to the flats were closed. I stood beneath the staircase and looked up. True to the style hung a large light fitting. I slipped away, satisfied. Beautiful and yes, definitely Art Deco.