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Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 33: Cardross

I was over in the West twice recently and happened to pass through Cardross. (The locals pronounce the name with the emphasis on the first syllable.) The second time I stopped to photograph Cardross Golf Club’s Clubhouse as it’s in the deco style. My eldest brother used to play golf here in his young days.

From car park. Showing entrance and main building:-

Cardross Golf Club Clubhouse from car park

The Art Deco style is evident here in the semi-circular canopy above the entrance. Note also the curved window behind facing the golf course itself and the flat roofs:-

Cardross Golf Club, Clubhouse Entrance

Side view. You can see two semi-circular elements here plus more flat-roofs:-

Cardross Golf Club Sideview

The frontage onto the golf course itself has no fewer than four glazed curved elements:-

Cardross Golf Club

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 37: Prestonpans

On a detour through Prestonpans I spotted this building and of course had to stop to photograph it.

Now derelict, it used to be the premises of Lothian Coated Fabrics.

It has the typical flat roof and rectangular towers. There are good long thin windows on the far tower portion and nice banding near the roofline.

It looks like the original (Critall?) windows were never replaced. Also note the two flagpoles. It’s in a sad state now, though.

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 14: Merchant City

Glasgow’s Merchant City lies to the east of Buchanan Street and north of Argyle Street.

I couldn’t get back far enough to get this all in:-

Same building, other side:-

Deco detail:-

This one looks a bit lonely:-

This is fairly mundane except for the decoration near the roofline – for which see next photo:-

There is some lovely decoration near the roofline:-

Modern Deco Styling

These are flats on the corner of Steel Street and Saltmarket, Glasgow. There is some deco influence here:-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 13: Union Street

Art Deco style shop in Union Street, Glasgow:-

Detailing round the windows:-

The roofline has good touches:-

On the corner of Union and Argyle Streets lay the location of the famous meeting place known as “Boots’ corner” but Boots is long gone and this Union Street facade has now had “Mackintosh” embellishments added. Mockintosh, if you like:-

The detailing has typical Mackintosh square elements with sinuous biologically inspired lines:-

As do the window surrounds with the addition of also typical elongated rectangles:-

The elongated rectangles and sinuous lines are prominent in the bay window too:-

I can’t remember exactly which street this was in but it’s a fine building too, with hints of deco:-

Colonial Pavilions at the Empire Exhibition 1938

Here are two more of my collection of postcards of the Empire Exhibition, Scotland 1938.

The first shows three of the Colonial Pavilions, part of the South African building on left – one of the few “traditional” structures present (rather than the deco/moderne that dominated the Exhibition) – then New Zealand and finally Canada. As ever Thomas Tait’s Tower of Empire is in the background.

This next one is captioned wrongly. It shows the South African and New Zealand Pavilions and not Australia.

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 12: Renfield Street

Art Deco style building on corner of Renfield and West Gordon Streets, Glasgow. Elegant vertical banding, plus good canopy in West Gordon Street:-

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Renfield Stret view:-

Lower portion in Renfield Street:-

Flat roofed deco building on corner of Renfield and Bath Streets, Glasgow. Good v-shaped detail between the middle windows on Renfield Street:-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 11: Gordon Street/West Nile Street

This is in Gordon Street, stitch of two photos. Good decorative aspects:-

On corner of West Nile and Gordon Streets. Strong verticals and horizontals. Good angled corner:-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 10: Buchanan Street

This is the entranceway to Monsoon in Buchanan Street, Glasgow. Great fanlight windows.

Here’s the same door in daylight. Lovely tiling.

As you can see the building is called Rowan House.

I don’t know what went wrong with this next photo. As you can see it’s blurry.

On the corner of Buchanan and Argyle Streets is HSBC’s premises, which has some deco elements.

This bit is only seen from Buchanan Street:-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 9: Argyle Street

Two buildings I spotted on our December trip to Glasgow.

This one is on the corner of Argyle and Virginia Streets:-

This is the Argyle Street elevation:-

And this one is in Argyle Street. Stitched to get it all in:-

There are good “streamlining ” lines near the roof line:-

The scrolling is good, as is the fan shaping. And note the stepped roof line:-

The repeated scrolling and streamlining enhances the symmetry:-

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