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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.
From Canal Street. Good curve, flat roof, with embellishment. Pity the windows have been replaced:-
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:-
From Queensferry Road. Note memorial wreath on wall:-
Detail, Queensferry Road:-
Wreath and Plaque, Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Rosyth:-
Plaque to Users, Ex-Servicemen’s Club, 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:-
This modern addition (to the left of photo above) isn’t though:-
The former Palace Cinema, also on Queensferry Road, from left.
Palace Cinema from right:-
Shop with slightly edged flat roof on Admiralty Road. Windows replaced.
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:-
From access road:-
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:-
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:-
Broughty Ferry is a town just to the west of Dundee.
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.
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:-
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?