August 2017

Empire Hall 33 x 33cm, oil, 2017. Private Commission.
The Lahood “Amusement Parlour & Snooker Room” was in operation and run by the same family
for almost 100 years. It closed in 1999. If not for the modern cars in the street below, you would be taken back
to the early 20th century in suburban Sydney. Many of the surrounding buildings pre-date World War One
and the facades are still relatively untouched, and intact, if you look up.

Joseph and Rosa Lahood moved from rural Penrith in 1916 and opened a drapery store in Campsie.
Their son, Vincent, purchased billiard rooms and a picture theatre in Beamish Street around 1924.
The theatre, which had vaudeville performances as well as film screenings was named the Prince’s Theatre
to honour the visit in of the Prince of Wales to Sydney, but was commonly known as the Princess Theatre.
The billiard rooms moved across the street in 1924 and was described as being the longest running business
in Campsie by the areas Bi-centennial history in 1988. The Lahood sign (embedded in the tuckpointed brickwork)
still appears proudly above the shop awnings today.

After much success with Peninsula Rooftops at the Balmain Art Show in November, I continue to paint
the tops of old architectural facades. I love looking up at these old buildings, always there but rarely noticed,
and mostly untouched by renovation. Powerpoles, facades and the afternoon sunlight play against the sky…
my favourite current subject! And I’m thrilled to know other people like them too. Thank you so much.
These two (and a few others) recently sold at The Moree Gallery.
There are a few left, and there’s more to come…