Melbourne Art Deco Walking Tour
Discover Melbourne’s fascinating art deco architecture on this small-group, 3-hour walking tour. Learn about the history and culture of Melbourne while admiring fine examples of the city’s most famous art deco buildings, including the Manchester Unity Building and Majorca Building. Learn fascinating details about the tiles, patterns, and designs that were popular in the 1930s, and discover how the 1934 Centenary of Melbourne, as well as Mayan, Spanish, and Egyptian art, influenced the city’s architecture.
Meet your guide and small group at the Manchester Unity Building at 10am to being your 3-hour walking tour. In 1934, Melbourne celebrated its centenary and this event provided a catalyst for a building boom that transformed the city. As a result, Melbourne has some of the finest art deco buildings in the world, with many of the best examples located in the city center.
Follow your art deco expert guide to see and hear about various types of architecture in the city, including the Manchester Unity Building and the Majorca Building. Learn how to recognize the art deco style, including the use of terracotta ‘self-cleaning’ tiles, the distinctive patterning, and other design details of the genre. Discover how Spanish, Egyptian, Mayan and other cultures influenced the style and how this was an indicator as to what people were interested in during this time.
Finish your tour at 1pm in Melbourne’s CBD.