Aaron Bolot

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Aaron M. Bolot (1900–1989) was a Crimean architect. An emigrant to Australia, Bolot contributed to and designed a number of historically significant buildings, including the Flats at Potts Point, registered with the Register of the National Estate for, among other things, its significance in the history of high rise design in Australia.


Bolot left Crimea with his family in 1911 to resettle in Australia. In 1926, he graduated from Brisbane's Central Technical College, where he studied architecture, attaining a Gold Medal from the Queensland Institute of Architects. Following graduation, Bolot contributed to several significant projects, including with Walter Burley Griffin, before undertaking solo designs in the 1930s. His notable designs from that period include the Ritz Theatre in Goulburn, the Astra Theatre at Wyong, the NSW State heritage-listed Ritz Cinema in Randwick, completed in the Inter-war Art Deco style,[1][2] and the Art Deco Regal Theatre in Gosford. He also redesigned the Melba Theatre in Melbourne, which was renamed the Liberty.

In 1941, Bolot entered service under Australia in World War II.

Notable designs after the war include an apartment building at 17 Wylde Street in Potts Point, which was completed in 1951.[3] In 1997 the building was registered on the (now defunct) Register of the National Estate as historically significant for several points, including architectural, as "an outstanding example of an International style post war residential building. It holds an important place in the development of a high rise aesthetic in Australia and is valued by the architectural and broader community."[4]


  1. ^ "Ritz Theatre". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00348. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  2. ^ Bell, Philip (1998). The Americanization of Australia. Sydney: UNSW Press. p. 67. ISBN 0-86840-784-4.
  3. ^ Tibbitts, Alex (22 November 2008). "Ushering in the golden age of cinema". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 13.
  4. ^ "Flats, Potts Point". Aussie Heritage. Archived from the original on 31 July 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2008.