Bruce Dellit

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Charles Bruce Dellit
ANZAC War Memorial, Hyde Park - drawing by Charles Bruce Dellit, Architect.jpg
Anzac War Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney
Born 07 November 1898 (1898-11-07)
Darlington, New South Wales
Died 21 August 1942 (1942-08-22)
Hornsby, New South Wales
Other names Bruce Dellit
Education Christian Brothers' College, Waverley, Sydney Technical College
Known for Architecture

Charles Bruce Dellit (7 November 1898 – 21 August 1942) was an Australian architect who pioneered the Art Deco style in Australia.[1] He was generally known as Bruce Dellit.

Early life[edit]

Dellit was born on 7 November 1898 in Darlington, Sydney Australia. He was the son of Albert Dellit, a furniture manufacturer and Agnes Gertrude Mack.[1] His full siblings were Albert Cormack, Leo Harold and Ena May. As a child, he attended Christian Brothers' College, Waverley.[1] After leaving school, Dellit gained employment with the architect John L. Berry and at 16 he enrolled at the Sydney Technical College[2] From 1919, Dellit studied architecture under Professor Leslie Wilkinson at the University of Sydney for one day a week.[2]

Career[edit]

From 1918 Dellit worked for Hall & Prentice in Queensland and, after returning to Sydney, joined Spain & Cosh in 1922. He set up his own practice in 1928.[1]

Dellit is most noted for his design of the art deco ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney, built to commemorate all who fought in the First World War. Dellit won the project in a design competition that attracted over 100 entries.[3] He introduced the new fashion for Art Deco (more familiar for entertainment buildings) devoid of any classical details and adding a stepped roof.[3] Dellit engaged the sculptor, Rayner Hoff, to create the statues and bas-reliefs for the monument.[3]

Dellit continued to complete several commercial and residential buildings during the 1930s.[1]

Notable Works[edit]

Kyle House[edit]

After beginning his private practice in 1928, Dellit’s first major project was Kyle House in Macquarie Place, Sydney.[4] The building, notable for its strong vertical lines and dominating ground floor arch, is considered among the earliest examples of Sydney commercial architecture embracing the Inter-War Art Deco style.[4]

ANZAC War Memorial[edit]

Dellit's ANZAC War Memorial, within Hyde Park Sydney, is considered to be the "epitome" of pairing of the symmetrical classicism of the Moderne style architecture with Art Deco, decorative embellishments.[2] Dellit's "masterpiece" is complemented by Rayner Hoff's Art Deco sculptures and reliefs depicting the men of the First Australian Imperial Force.[2]

Kinselas Funeral Chapel[edit]

Built in 1910 at the present location of Taylor Square Darlinghurst. The original building was converted into an Art Deco style by Dellit after being purchased by funeral director Charles Kinsela in 1932.[5] The building, which is now used as a bar, contains the work of Rayner Hoff and is considered among the best examples of Art Deco "funerary spaces" in Sydney.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Dellit married Victoria Clara Millar on 15 October 1921 in Queensland.[1] Children of the marriage were Portia, Albert Victor (known as Victor) and Deirdre. Victor was also a prominent architect.

In 1942 Dellit died from cancer in Hornsby near Sydney, NSW.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Dellit, Charles Bruce (1898–1942), Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  2. ^ a b c d Goad, Phillip; Willis, Julie (2012). The encyclopedia of Australian architecture. Port Melbourne, Vic.: Cambridge University Press. p. 198. ISBN 9780521888578. 
  3. ^ a b c K. S. Inglis, "Sacred Places: War Memorials in the Australian Landscape", Melbourne University Press (1998), pp. 289-297. Online version retrieved 2012-03-06.
  4. ^ a b Graham Brooks & Associates. [view-source:http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=5045411 "Kyle House"]. NSW Department of Environment & Heritage. NSW Department of Environment & Heritage. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Dictionary of Sydney. "Kinselas Entertainment venue". Dictionary of Sydney. Retrieved 18 July 2016.