Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Main Beach Pavilion

Here's another of those delightful bathing pavilions from the Gold Coast. Like the one we saw previously, this one was also designed by Hall & Phillips. It is situated at Main Beach, just south of Southport, and this photo comes from 1935.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #189024)

Once people could get from Brisbane to Southport by train and then by motor car, public bathing became more acceptable and more popular. In fact, Southport was competing with Cleveland, Sandgate and Redcliffe for the tourists who wanted to bathe in healthy salt water. Southport embarked on an ambitious beautification program to attract day-trippers and holiday-makers. Instead of the privately-owned bathing sheds that it had previously allowed to dot its beaches, the Southport Council decided to build pavilions to enable people to change in comfort and privacy. Hall & Phillips designed the pavilion at Southport and this larger one at Main Beach in Spanish Mission style. The pavilions were opened conjointly on 22 December 1934, with an opening ceremony held at the Main Beach pavilion.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

The Southport lifesaving club was established back in 1923, and in 1937 it opened a new club house next to this pavilion. The two have operated in tandem ever since.

For those interested in bathing pavilions, a blog favourite of mine, ART and Architecture, mainly, has examined the Sydney Beach Pavilion here.

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  1. Well done, Southport Council. By the way, what did the council do with the privately-owned bathing sheds that had been there?

    I again added a very welcome link to my post on Sydney's beach pavilions: 1922-1939 - thanks.

  2. Thank you, Hels.

    There is a round trip link to your post in the main body above. :-)


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