former National Australia Bank 1908
former West Australian bank 1918
former Bank of NSW 1915
Avon Bridge Hotel 1859-1897
Grand Hotel 1895
(all pics West Australian Vista)
Apologies for tiny pics
But standing there among these Federation beauties was the building that really took our breathe away...
Northam Town Council
constructed in late 20th century Brutalist Style
and it's sister
Northam Public Library
The architect of these wonderful concrete buildings was Bulgarian born Iwan Iwanoff (1919-1986) You might remember this house I fell in love with...another wonderful Iwanoff...there are quite a few wonderful homes by Iwanoff not too far from where we live. And yes, we've driven past to check them out! A girl can always dream right?
grey, drab? never!
(All pics 6000 times)
I just think it is so cool that a conservative country town had the vision to hire an architect like Iwanoff to create such interesting public buildings.
I'm so glad we decided to extend our pie drive to Northam...it really was an unexpected thrill to discover them.
Unfortunately I don't have a tea towel from Northam, this one will have to do...
it is West Australian after all...