Holyman House

Holyman House is an iconic Art Deco building in the central business district of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. It was designed by H. S. East and Roy Sharrington Smith architects, of Launceston,[1] with Clive Steele, of Melbourne, as consulting engineer. The building was built in 1936 to house the various branches of Holymans shipping and aviation interests as well as an automobile showroom for Holyman's automotive division. The building was designed to reflect the bold futuristic vision of the Holyman Company with the sleek curves, neon-lit spire and modern steel frame construction. Holyman House was most infamously the headquarters of Australian National Airways, an evolution of Holyman's Airways. After the fall of the Holyman's empire in the 1950s, it was sold to Ansett Australia and eventually divided into office spaces. Holyman House now houses a travel center on the ground level corner allotment where the flight lounge used to be.

Holyman House
Holyman House, Launceston.JPG
Holyman House from "The Avenue" on Brisbane Street
General information
TypeCommercial offices
LocationLaunceston, Tasmania
Address52-60 Brisbane Street
Coordinates41°26′10″S 147°08′26″E / 41.4360°S 147.1406°E / -41.4360; 147.1406Coordinates: 41°26′10″S 147°08′26″E / 41.4360°S 147.1406°E / -41.4360; 147.1406
Completed1936
Ownerhistoric: ANA present: various businesses
Height
Antenna spire26 metres (85 ft)
Roof19.7 metres (65 ft)
Technical details
Floor count5
Lifts/elevators1
Design and construction
ArchitectH S East and Roy Smith
Main contractorJ & T Gunn

GalleryEdit

 
Main entrance into with original red granite and chrome lettering. Door itself replaced in the late 1900s.
 
Main stairwell on level 2 showing the streamlined Art Deco design

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Twentieth Century Architecture in Launceston" (PDF). Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. 1985. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 March 2019. Retrieved 20 April 2019.