History

Apartments Down Town was built in 1937 by renowned local Art Deco builder Frederick Parsons and designed by Melbourne architects Hugh and Arthur Peck.

This striking moderne block of ten flats in red brick features was purpose-built as apartment accommodation. It has curved walls punctuated with contrasting lines and a flat roof. It represented the latest in European styling. The block also featured a row of garages on the boundary – an indication of sophistication in interwar Burnie.

The Art Deco style reflected the spirit of optimism of the industrial age and is notable for the effort that went into designs to reflect the new modernity of the 1920s and 1930s. The architectural style is characterised by clean flowing lines and the consideration that went into graceful and stylish formations. Art Deco was previously known by the French title, Moderne.

Formerly known as Chroma Court, the building fell into disrepair and was slated for demolition. It was acquired and restored to its former glory by the previous owner in the early 1990s. Apartments Down Town was given a new incarnation as a four star boutique hotel and is now owned by another Art Deco enthusiast.

In recent years Tourism Tasmania has enlisted the help of the owner of Apartments Down Town to create a Walking Tour to showcase the it’s amazing Architectural Heritage.