Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas at 13:20 on 24 October 2016
Boston has its fair share, perhap more, of Art Deco buildings.
The West End Cinema doesn’t look so deco from this angle:-
But this corner doorway has Art Deco styling:-
There are Art Deco elements in this side view too:-
There was typical 1930s Deco styling on Marks & Spencer’s:-
Clarks has a vaguely deco look with an undoubted deco sunburst and “M” just above the Clarks sign – presumably a relic of the original occupant:-
As does QD Stores:-
Cash Generator was more to the point. Rule of three in and on the pillars:-
Then there was the striking Cammack’s:-
Rule of three in the windows, sunburst decoration in name frieze:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Edinburgh at 19:20 on 20 October 2016
The Dominion Cinema may be the most striking Art Deco building in Edinburgh’s Morningside but there is some minor deco about the area.
Art Deco style old bank in Morningside, Edinburgh, now an Estate Agent’s:-
Doorway. Note cartouche and surround:-
Bank entrance, Comiston Road, Edinburgh. There was a van parked on the street directly in front of this so I couldn’t photograph it from any furher away:-
Posted in Architecture, Trips at 20:00 on 18 October 2016
One of the stop offs on the way down to the ferry across to Holland in May was at Boston in Lincolnshire, mainly because it was a town we’d never been to.
The town’s most prominent landmark is pretty unmissable. St Botolph’s Church. One of the largest churches in England. The spire is visible for some distance. This was from in the town though:-
Apparently the locals call it the Stump. It’s fairly hemmed in and difficult to photograph entire. This stitch couldn’t get in the spire:-
This is from the edge of the town square:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco at 15:15 on 16 October 2016
On our trip down south in May to get the ferry to Holland we had to take a detour because of an accident on the A 1.
As a result we passed through Doncaster. The traffic was pretty backed-up there to so I was able to get a few snaps off when we chanced upon some 1930s deco style houses. Sadly they all seemed to have had their eyes poked out:-
Then there was this commercial building:-
Posted in Architecture, Glasgow at 19:30 on 12 October 2016
I thought I’d posted this photo (taken in December 2014) of the exterior of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Willow Tea Rooms in Buchanan Street, Glasgow, but searching the blog gave no results so perhaps I didn’t.
The tea rooms were I believe defunct for a while but have been refurbished. In April this year the good lady and I partook of the facilities within. Lovely lunch, reasonably priced.
Rennie Mackintosh style chairs:-
Interior panelling. Typical Mackintosh motifs:-
Window blind. Signature Mackintosh lettering:-
Table accoutrements (sadly not quite in focus):-
Blue and purple lampshades (again sadly not focused):-
There are two tearooms inside. This is on the stair up to the Chinese Room:-
The Chinese Room itself. Note the chairbacks:-
Lower stairwell. Again thoroughly Mackintosh lampshades and banisters:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco at 12:10 on 28 September 2016
Clarkston is a town in East Renfrewshire, just south of Glasgow on one of the suburban railway lines.
This Art Deco influenced shop now houses a dental practice:-
Note frieze above door with motto “Ditat, Servata, Fides” (faith preserved enriches):-
Gable end, note detailing below signage area:-
Art Deco lettering on Café Roma:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco at 19:42 on 24 September 2016
I was over in the west in April (for the Queen of the South game I think) and took in Helensburgh again.
This shop (in Sinclair Street?) has very minor Art Deco touches:-
Detail of windows to right:-
This building (definitely in Sinclair Street) is impressive in its upper reaches:-
This cartouche looks like it may be a representation of St Andrew:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas, Edinburgh at 12:00 on 21 September 2016
This is a stunner. A fantastic cinema in the Streamline Moderne Art Deco style. It really ought to have been much further up this list, possibly even at the top, but I had no photographs of it. I knew it existed but not exactly where it was in Edinburgh. I wasn’t very familiar with the geography of the city but my son moved there a couple of years ago and on a visit I was exploring the area he lives in.
Imagine my delight on coming across this by accident rather than design. It’s still a working independent cinema, run by a family. This is their website. They also have a facebook presence.
From Morningside Road end of Newbattle Terrace. Great curved column:-
From Newbattle Terrace, opposite aspect:-
Upper detailing and roofline:-
Stained glass window by entrance doorway. This is mirrored on the other side:-
Column detailing and surround:-
Canopy, clock and lettering:-
Stitch from across Newbattle Terrace:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, History, Modern Architecture at 12:00 on 11 September 2016
Just before the chapel’s entrance on the approach to Rosslyn Chapel stands the Old Rosslyn Inn.
The inn’s catalogue of great and good patrons is commemorated on a plaque by the arched gateway:-
Yet this obviously 20th century building (in the Art Deco/Moderne style) can also be seen from the access road.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas at 12:00 on 4 September 2016
Located in Boreland Road, Inverkeithing, the cinema opened in 1918 but updated in 1931 and has a vaguely Art Deco feel. It’s now an antiques/second-hand shop.