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A temple to commerce…

In the sleepy northern town of Bellingen in New South Wales, there stands this beautiful temple to retailing: Hammond and Wheatley’s Commercial Emporium; established 1900. A lyric poem in brick, iron, glass and timber, this building proudly sings the archaic words of  a bygone age: ironmongery, millinery, drapery, even emporium itself. Proudly maintained, it evokes pride and confidence. It would be a crime if progress were ever to threaten the existence of this cathedral of commerce.

 

The temple of commerce © Rob Walls 2010

A typographical poem © Rob Walls 2010

 

 

More poetry © Rob Walls 2010

 

 

 

The balustraded first floor © Rob Walls 2010

The ground floor lit from skylights high above. © Rob Walls 2010

 

 

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