The Ambassador Hotel, 1937

Art Deco, Buildings

Builder: Guthrie brothers

Architect: Joseph Gabriel Rooney

This imposing three-storey building with roof garden was built for Mrs Mary Azar in 1937 and was the first roof garden in the city. The Ambassador Hotel opened on 3 September 1937 and is another fine example of the city’s Art Deco collection.

While the building has undergone some alterations in recent years including the addition of a third storey (partial enclosure), removal of parapet, and alterations to first floor, it retains key features of the style including a symmetrical design with stepped skyline. The ornament on the upper section is iconic to art deco style with a parallel line motif, long, horizontal balconies with the vertical fins and horizontal bands, and bold and stylised lettering.