Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Kind of House

Houses and Apartments

Even as a child I loved to look at houses. I remember walking around my neighbourhood and looking at the different types of houses and gardens and thinking about which one I’d like to have. The houses in South Australia were very different from the ones I knew in England. In the sixties it was mostly what mum called “bungalows” and every house was brick or the new fangled brick veneer that was becoming popular. In my suburb, which was fairly new there was not a lot of weatherboard or fibro. I recall how when we first went to Melbourne we were fascinated to see so many weatherboard houses. I liked them. I like all kinds of houses though, the Georgian houses in Oatlands and other older towns, Edwardian villas, California bungalows, art deco. Pretty much anything built before 1970 has some interest for me. The first picture in this collection is an old bank on Murray St, Hobart which is now a private residence. The red awnings caused a lot of controversies when the residents put them up as the council did not like them but in the end, they were allowed to stay. I’ve left them red to commemorate all the fuss.

I am not really comfortable photographing suburban houses though in case the owners don’t like it. Occasionally I do if they are in a historic area or I find them especially interesting. With so many lovely old homes being demolished to make way for ugly apartment blocks and Mc Mansions I feel I want to preserve some of the memories. We have some lovely art deco buildings around the Hobart CBD and nearby Sandy Bay, here is one of them. The other is another interesting old home on Sandy Bay Road.

Art Deco style apartments in Sandy Bay, near Hobart.
House on Sandy Bay Road

Naomi’s home town of Oatlands has many interesting old buildings from the early to mid-1800s. Blossom’s Cottages are now tourist accommodation. The stork on its nest is a sculpture. In stark contrast some very ugly townhouses built on the banks of the Port River, Port Adelaide.

Finally an apartment block in Little India, Singapore. There are many of these all over Singapore. I would hate to live in something like this.

An apartment building in Singapore’s Little India

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Places People Live

Homes of Hobart

I love walking the streets looking at old or interesting houses I love to photograph them too and I hope their owners don’t mind me sharing these pictures. I don’t photograph local houses as much because it seems a bit cheeky. I know I would think it odd if some random person were standing outside my house taking photographs. Although, if they came and asked me if they could photograph my house for their blog I’d probably say yes.

These old houses are in North Hobart. I like the colour and style of them very much.

A street of terrace houses in North Hobart.

Leitrim North Hobart.

 

Terrace Houses

Heading back into Hobart, these apartments at the end of Salamanca Place are in a converted grain silo.

The old grain silos at Salamanca now converted to apartments

If we walk up to Princes park or climb Kelly’s Steps we come to Battery Point.

These houses on Arthur’s Circus in Battery Point are some of the oldest homes in Hobart and are frequently photographed by tourists.

Arthur Circus, some of the oldest houses in Battery Point.

Art Deco apartment building, Sandy Bay

In nearby Sandy Bay, there are many interesting and expensive houses and apartments. This is one that I could not resist photographing because I love this style of building.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Houses

Be It Ever So Humble

House edited with Picasa's focal B&W and HDR filters
House edited with Picasa’s focal B&W and HDR filters

Cottages at Arthur’s Circus, Battery point, Hobart

House at Lake Baikal , Siberia 1990

Miniature house at the 2014 Hobart Model Train Show

The Dolly Mix dolls house Naomi gave me last Christmas and our shared Triang 61

A multi-story bird house.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Houses and/or Barns

Houses and Barns

This week Cee has asked us to show houses and / or barns. I am very interested in architecture and the built environment so I knew I would enjoy this challenge. Most of the photos are from my archives but I did have the opportunity to take a couple of new ones while I was away in Adelaide recently.

Here are some older style homes in the suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia.

In many cities former industrial sites and older homes like the ones above are being demolished to make way for apartment blocks like these. I do not approve.

Modern apartments near Port Adelaide. South Australia
Modern apartments near Port Adelaide. South Australia

The apartment in the next photo is well known to many older Australians who remember the TV series “Number 96”. This is the apartment block used for the exterior scenes in the show which was filmed in the Sydney suburb of Woolhara.

Number 96- Moncur St , Woolhara, Sydney
Australians of a certain age may recognise this block of flats in Sydney as the location of popular TV series “Number 96”

The next homes are convict era cottages in Tasmania built in the early  to mid 1800s followed by a couple of grander homes from the same era.

 


Finally a couple of modern apartments in Hobart.