A shift to spring in Australia brings a shift back to Melbourne.
Smiled when I saw this magnolia tree the other day.
| Melbourne Synagogue, Toorak Road, Nahum Barnet, 1930 |
Got me thinking about the 1300 seat place of prayer in the background.
It’s a beauty designed by Nahum Barnet.
He designed many beautiful buildings in Melbourne including the Georges department store.
| Georges Building, Nahum Barnet, 1913 |
Beautification of Melbourne was one of his obsessions. He wrote numerous letters to the Argus lamenting all sorts of abominations.
In 1889: “As a native of the city I feel keenly the opprobrium constantly cast upon it by visitors, who sneer at our filthy sewers, and who justly condemn the dust, garbage, and smells that go to make up a part of our every day life in malodorous Melbourne.”
It’s great to see so many of his buildings are still around.