Hobart, a town in Tasmania, close to Antarctica, founded just 210 years ago, in 1804, or thereabouts. This building is not that old, but one of the older ones in the city centre. I like how the letters seem to hold up the top of the frame on which they are standing on. Art nouveau style Egyptienne, with thick serifs and extremely high cross bars.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec comes to mind and his Paris Moulin Rouge posters, the chairs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and of course lots of Paris buildings with its voluptuous organic forms.