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Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 15: Narcissus, London Road

It took ages for me to get a photo of this without any vehicles in it. At first there was always a van in the way and cars were moving past:-

Narcissus, Edinburgh

After walking on a bit and coming back I got this. Shame about those bins:-

Narcissus, London Road, Edinburgh.

There’s a good art deco feel to the door surround and to the lettering above:-

Doorway, Narcissus, Edinburgh.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 13 (iv): Perth Yet Again

We were in Perth for a meal with our youngest and his fiancée (the wedding is in July) and parked in a car park I’d never used before; in Speygate. I couldn’t help noticing this building at the corner of Speygate and Canal Street.

Speygate aspect:-

Art Deco Corner Building, Perth

From Canal Street. Good curve, flat roof, with embellishment. Pity the windows have been replaced:-

Perth Art Deco Style Building

Fife’s Art Deco Heritage 15 (ii): Rosyth Again

On the corner of Queensferry and Admiralty Roads, Rosyth stands the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, which has some deco features.

Stitch of two photos from Admiralty Road:-

Ex-Servicemen's Club, Rosyth

From Queensferry Road. Note memorial wreath on wall:-

Ex-Servicemen's Club, Rosyth from East

Detail, Queensferry Road:-

Ex-Servicemen's Club, Rosyth from north-east

Wreath and Plaque, Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Rosyth:-

Wreath, Ex-Servicemen's Club, Rosyth

Plaque to Users, Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Rosyth:-

Plaque to Users, Ex-Servicemen's Club, Rosyth

Fife’s Art Deco Heritage 15 (i): Rosyth

We got fairly well acquainted with Rosyth, a Fife town on the Firth of Forth west of but very close to the Forth Bridges, when we were house-hunting. We opted for elsewhere in the end.

Rosyth is most famous for its Naval Dockyard but is home to some deco.

The Clydesdale Bank building, on Queensferry Road, has an Art Deco frontage, at least in its older aspect, built 1932:-

Clydesdale Bank Building, Rosyth

This modern addition (to the left of photo above) isn’t though:-

Clydesdale Bank, Rosyth, Modern Addition

The former Palace Cinema, also on Queensferry Road, from left.

Former Cinema, Rosyth

Palace Cinema from right:-

Former Palace Cinema, Rosyth

Shop with slightly edged flat roof on Admiralty Road. Windows replaced.

Art Deco Style Shop, Rosyth

1930s Houses, Cairneyhill

Cairneyhill is a village in the west of Fife, between Dunfermline and Kincardine

These flat-roofed houses have a touch of deco to them especialy the stepping on the roofline.

From main road:-

1930s Houses Cairneyhill

From access road:-

Cairneyhill 1930s Houses Frontage

Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 3 (ii): The Beach Ballroom Again

I have mentioned the Beach Ballroom several times, but all of these refer back to my original post.

On the same day Sons played Aberdeen in the Cup quarter-final (over two years ago) I actually got round to taking photos of it myself.

Frontage:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Entrance. Good glazing on the doors:-

Entrance to Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

From entrance looking east:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Frontage from east:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen from East

East elevation from south:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, Looking north from east side

North portion (Star Ballroom) from east:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, North end from east

Star Ballroom entrance. Good detailing above door:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, Star Ballroom Entrance

Easst elevation from north:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, looking south down east side

West elevation from (south)west:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, from west

Entrance block from west:-

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, South side from West

Dunfermline’s Art Deco Heritage 7: Giacomo’s

Giacomo’s is a café/baker’s shop in Cross Wynd. As the street name suggests it is rather a narrow thoroughfare. That made it very difficult to get a photograph. In addition these were taken in the depths of winter as light was fading. It’s the rounded bay and the windows which are the most deco features but the glazing is not original.

From the lower part of Cross Wynd:-

Giacomo's, Dunfermline

From the upper part of Cross Wynd:-

Giacomo's, Dunfermline from North

Cube-like House, Broughty Ferry

Broughty Ferry is a town just to the west of Dundee.

We were there to take advantage of a voucher for High Tea* at Jessie’s Kitchen kindly given us as a present by our eldest son and his girlfriend. The High Tea was delightful.

Just along Albert Road though I spotted this:-

Cube-like House, Broughty Ferry

The window shapes and white rendering speak of deco. Shame about the replacement windows (and this possibly had a flat roof at one time.) The garage extension at the front is rather unsympathetic though:-

White House, Broughty Ferry

*Edited to add. I’ve just remembered it wasn’t High Tea. It was Afternoon Tea.

The Logie Baird Pub, Helensburgh

This is the former La Scala Cinema, Helensburgh, now a pub named after Helensburgh’s most famous son, John Logie Baird, inventor of television. (Well, one form of it.) Stitch of two photos:-

The Logie Baird Pub, Helensburgh

The building was erected in 1913 so it doesn’t qualify as Art Deco proper but there are some features which prefigure the style like these side pillars:-

The Logie Baird, Helensburgh  Side View

Also the stepping on the roof-line. The painting scheme emphasises the Deco feel:-

The Logie Baird

Lost Art Deco Buildings, Willenhall

I found this article on Josiah Parkes & Sons Ltd, lockmakers, via the good lady’s blog. The article features the Union Works, Willenhall. (Willenhall, now in the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall, seems to have been a hotbed of lockmaking.)

In the 1930s the firm built a new set of offices in the Deco style and also an extension to the existing works matching the new offices. Sadly these both seem to have now been demolished.

All photos are from historywebsite.co.uk.

Architect’s drawing of new factory (1933):-

Architect's drawing

Actual building (1933). Those look like superb Critall windows to me:-

New Factory 1933

A colour photograph pre-demolition. That brown paintwork over the lower brickwork and upper rendering was a mistake, methinks:-

Union Works Offices

Union Works (built to match the new office building):-

Union Works

Is there no way both these fine buildings could have been preserved?

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