Posted in Aberdeen, Architecture, Art Deco, Dumbarton FC at 12:00 on 21 April 2016
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.
Entrance. Good glazing on the doors:-
From entrance looking east:-
Frontage from east:-
East elevation from south:-
North portion (Star Ballroom) from east:-
Star Ballroom entrance. Good detailing above door:-
Easst elevation from north:-
West elevation from (south)west:-
Entrance block from west:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Dunfermline at 20:00 on 14 April 2016
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:-
From the upper part of Cross Wynd:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Modern Architecture at 20:00 on 7 April 2016
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:-
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:-
*Edited to add. I’ve just remembered it wasn’t High Tea. It was Afternoon Tea.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas at 12:00 on 2 April 2016
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 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:-
Also the stepping on the roof-line. The painting scheme emphasises the Deco feel:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco at 12:00 on 29 March 2016
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):-
Actual building (1933). Those look like superb Critall windows to me:-
A colour photograph pre-demolition. That brown paintwork over the lower brickwork and upper rendering was a mistake, methinks:-
Union Works (built to match the new office building):-
Is there no way both these fine buildings could have been preserved?
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco at 20:00 on 27 March 2016
This is just off the A 814 road between Cardross and Helensburgh. Has Deco styling with curved bay protrusion, flat roof, white render.
Shows extensions (??) at side:-
From across the A 814 road. Shows curved bay and arched entrance of brick, painted black:-
Posted in Architecture, History, Trips at 12:00 on 15 February 2016
Mount Grace Priory in North Yorkshire is the best preserved Carthusian monastery in Britain. After the dissolution of the monasteries some of the ruins of its guest house were incorporated into two later manor houses, the latest in the Arts and Crafts style in 1901.
Front of Manor House from its garden:-
This is the Manor House from inside the grounds, priory ruins in foreground:-
The most substantial remaining part of the original Priory is the ruins of its church:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco at 12:00 on 1 February 2016
After Oakham we travelled north and passed through Nottingham where I spotted The Crown as I was driving past. I had to stop and photograph it. Stunning.
Side view from north:-
From north-east. Windows, chimney, exterior walling, all superb. If the windows have been replaced it’s been done sensitively. Pity about the grafitti on the wall, though:-
Rear of building. Nice to see the Art Deco elements extend all the way round, even if the extension’s a bit iffy:-
Detail showing Crown emblem at front:-
This view mostly avoided the lamp-post obscuring the building:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips at 22:35 on 18 January 2016
Market Harborough in Leicestershire was our next port of call.
Two Art Deco(ish) shops both with their eyes poked out:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco at 20:00 on 16 January 2016
We passed through Desborough on our way from Geddington and Rushton.
On the way in to the town was this brick Art Deco style building – a boot factory as it turned out:-
The rule of three is followed in the brickwork between the lower and upper windows and again just below the roofline:-
Detail. Note glazing and projection:-
In the town itself was this. (Eyes poked out though):-