Unlike the two previous Kirkcaldy buildings I have featured this is an Art Deco structure built for commercial purposes. Because the companyâs presence on High Streets arose mainly between the wars many Burtonâs premises are Art Deco. They took advantage of the site here (on a corner in the High Street) to incorporate a sweeping curve.
It looks like the original windows to me. Pity about the street furniture (Belisha beacon, parking regulation notice and CCTV camera pole) spoiling the view of the frontage a bit.
The detailing between the upper and lower windows is very nice.
The tops of the pillars are more like Art Nouveau than Deco. What commercial property nowadays would bother with playful frills like these and the circles above? Modern shop buildings all tend to be functional and architecturally bland; cuboidal boxes. And theyâre all on out of town Retail Parks.
The edging on the pediment is a lovely Art Deco embellishment. You really have to be looking at the building to notice this.