Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas at 7:57 pm on 12 December 2013
I’m a bit late with this. I visited Peebles (in the Scottish Borders) in August.
I missed its War Memorial but was pleasantly surprised to find several deco shops.
This shop is at the east end of the High Street:-
Here’s a close-up on the roof detailing:-
Again on the High Street, the Bank of Scotland building. Lower frontage and windows have the look:-
The former Playhouse Cinema:-
Only really the roof-line here. If it’s the same Caldwell’s as in nearby Innerleithen the ice cream is very good:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938 at 12:00 pm on 15 October 2013
The Empire Exhibition of 1938 was well endowed with fountains. The one in this postcard was at the foot of the North Cascade. The Tower of Empire (seen here in the background) was never far from any view in the Exhibition.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Kirkcaldy at 1:00 pm on 13 October 2013
Walking along the High Street recently the good lady asked if I thought this was deco. I said I thought not but she thought the keystone on the arched window is. Decide for yourselves.
Looking at the window outlines as I checked the posting – especially as delineated by the wire leading up to the street lamp – there is perhaps a hint of deco.
Whatever, it’s now the premises of Holland and Barrett.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Kirkcaldy at 7:54 pm on 10 October 2013
I don’t often go along Park Place and so hadn’t really noticed the deco style of these two buildings. They’re not high deco, but the roof lines and the strong horizontals and verticals are suggestive.
Close up on the taller one; its windows are replacements, but still appears deco:-
The square chimney is redolent of deco:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938 at 2:00 pm on 1 October 2013
The jigsaw – made by Waddington’s – shows one of the Scotland Pavilions (there were two of these sited opposite each other on Scottish Avenue,) the Tower of Empire, United Kingdom Pavilion and the Canadian Pavilion plus a troop of charging horse.
The box this one came in was a bit tatty but still striking with the lion rampant logo and Tower of Empire.
There is another Waddington’s jigsaw of the Exhibition featuring a closer view of the Tower of Empire with aeroplanes in the sky overhead and this time with a marching band of bagpipers approaching the foreground. I have that in a cupboard somewhere.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938 at 3:00 pm on 26 September 2013
This is a sepia postcard showing a general view of the Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938 held in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow.
And this one shows a close-up of the bandstand. Brilliant curve on the shelter part!
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco at 7:49 pm on 16 September 2013
Biggar is in Lanarkshire, 11 miles or so south of Lanark, far enough away from a really big town to have retained many of the sorts of shops which have disappeared from many High Streets. Most of them seemed independent/local. Not many chain shops anyway.
I spotted two deco influenced buildings. The first was a hairdresser’s.
This close up from a different angle shows the detailing. Horizontal lines, angled frontage. Windows have been replaced but not too unsympathetically.
The second was an extension to a bank. Well, no longer a bank but instead it houses several small businesses. Nice frieze above the door.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938 at 12:00 pm on 10 September 2013
Another black and white photographic postcard of the Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938. The United Kingdom Pavilion.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas at 12:00 pm on 2 September 2013
I have visited Kelso, in the Scottish Borders region, before but hadn’t explored widely so hadn’t seen any deco. Due to parking in a different place from my earlier visits the Tait Hall was one of the first buildings I noticed this time. Designed by William Barclay in 1933 it has typical Deco features, strong verticals and horizontals, banding and it looks like original fenestration! The cut-outs on the upper parts of the side extensions are also good.
Once home I found a much better picture than any of mine on the net. (No van in the foreground for a start.)
Not far from the Tait Hall is the Contented Vine Restaurant, once the Roxy Cinema. The railings were getting a paint job at the time.
Nice pedimenting and pastel outlining. Pity about the replacement windows on this one.
More photos of Kelso are on my flickr.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Fife at 12:00 pm on 24 August 2013
When I pass through Leven I usually don’t go via the town itself but use the A915 which only goes through the upper part. Last time though I went via the A955 and consequently viewed not only the War Memorial but also two Art Deco style buildings.
The larger of these is in Durie Street, just off the town centre, and once housed a Co-operative store, built in 1937.
The stepping on the roofline, the “brows,” the windows, the horizontals and verticals, and the slight protrusion of the vertical windows flanking the centre ones are all deco features.
This is the upper frontage:-
And here’s a close-up on the frieze above the central windows:-
The trianguloid protrusions flanking the centre portion look like this:-
Further out from the town centre on Scoonie road is the Agenda pub.
This one shows the deco detailing:-