Posted in Architecture, Art Deco at 12:00 pm on 22 August 2015
The Guardian this week published several pieces about the African country of Eritrea, which is ruled by a repressive regime.
The Guardian briefing about the country is here.
Two of these articles were, however, illustrated by photographs of Art Deco buildings – a relic of Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) of which Eritrea was then a part.
I couldn’t find all of the photos from the print editions on the Guardian website but the main piece on the Art Deco buildings is here.
The Fiat Building in Eritrea’s capital Asmara is simply stunning:-
This is the Cinema Impero in Asmara:-
And here is a café interior:-
The photographs shown here are credited in the Guardian to Natasha Stallard/Brownbrook.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas at 12:00 pm on 23 July 2015
In August 2013 when I was in Peebles the former Playhouse Cinema looked a bit run down. (See here.)
By this May it had been spruced up a bit.
We partook of the ice-cream from Caldwell’s shop/cafe just along the street. It was good.
On the High Street I noticed this Art Deco gate at the entrance to a close:-
This is the view from the close:-
We ventured down to the green by the River Tweed where there is this Pavilion:-
The reverse has slightly more deco style:-
On a back street the two Chambers brothers who later produced Chambers’s Dictionary (as it was known at first) were both born, in 1800 and 1802 respectively, as the plaque records.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco at 12:00 pm on 20 July 2015
Minor Art Deco in Crieff, in the old Perthshire part of Perth and Kinross.
Two shops on the High Street.
Pity the windows have been poked out on this one.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco at 12:00 pm on 1 July 2015
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:-
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:-
Side view. You can see two semi-circular elements here plus more flat-roofs:-
The frontage onto the golf course itself has no fewer than four glazed curved elements:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco at 12:00 pm on 27 April 2015
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.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Glasgow at 12:00 pm on 1 March 2015
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:-
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:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Modern Architecture at 12:00 pm on 24 February 2015
These are flats on the corner of Steel Street and Saltmarket, Glasgow. There is some deco influence here:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Glasgow at 12:00 pm on 18 February 2015
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:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938 at 8:00 am on 17 February 2015
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.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Glasgow at 12:00 pm on 16 February 2015
Art Deco style building on corner of Renfield and West Gordon Streets, Glasgow. Elegant vertical banding, plus good canopy in West Gordon Street:-
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:-