The Crest Cinema The art deco-inspired picture palace, formerly the Hoyts Crest Theatre, was built in the late 1940s. Its interior reflects cinema design of the late 1930s. The building has been used as a ballroom and bingo hall and is now the Blouza Community Centre. Photo courtesy of Information and Cultural Exchange in Parramatta
Granville RSL With features reminiscent of a famous art museum in Manhattan, the RSL is known as the Guggenheim in Granville. It draws on Frank Lloyd Wright’s expressive style. Photo courtesy of Information and Cultural Exchange in Parramatta
St Mark’s Anglican Church The neo-gothic church was designed by ecclesiastical architects Edmund Blacket and Son. Construction began in 1882. Convicted blasphemer William Lorando Jones sculpted the carvings of its original windows. Many of the windows are memorials to parishioners killed in World War I. Photo courtesy of ICE.
Dellwood Shopping Centre and public housing Was the first planned shopping centre with an attached public housing estate built by the Housing Commission of NSW. It was influenced by the New Towns estates in postwar Britain. Rental preference was given to married ex-service personnel. Photo courtesy of ICE
Granville Memorial Pool The Granville Olympic Pool was opened in 1936. Australian swimming champion John Devitt learned to swim at the pool, as did actor Paul Hogan who grew up in the area. Photo courtesy of ICE
Dellwood shopping centre and public housing
Granville Town Hall. Granville Town Hall The purpose-designed town hall was built in the 1880s. Mayor John Nobbs laid the foundation stone on September 5, 1888. Photo courtesy of Parramatta Information and Cultural Exchange
Pearls of Granville are easy to find when you know where to look — Sally Willoughby explores the often forgotten buildings in this quintessential Australian suburb.
GRANVILLE is full of hidden gems for those who know where to look.
Its architecture and buildings tell the story of its history from the early colony to its emergence as a culturally vibrant suburb.
John Kirkman, who grew up in the area and is now the executive director of Information and Cultural Exchange who will host four Pearls of Granville tours next month, said the suburb was symbolic of any place in Australia.
"You can really see the reality of Australia in Granville," Mr Kirkman told PS.
From the neo-gothic St Mark's Anglican Church, art-deco inspired Crest Cinema to 'Granville's Guggenheim' (Granville RSL) Mr Kirkman said the tours reveal the beauty and significance of the area's often forgotten buildings.
"The places here show the different stages of Australia in terms of architecture, cuisine and culture," Mr Kirkman said.
Local historians and activists will also give personal histories and comment at each location.
"The tour is not about a bunch of experts, it's about people who live and work and talk about that place," Mr Kirkman said.
■ Tour details: November 2, 3, 9 and 10, 10am to 3.30pm, $49 including lunch. To book, visit ice.org.au or call 9897 5744.