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Posted in Art Deco at 12:00 pm on 24 August 2015
The Guardian this week published several pieces about the African country of Eritrea, which is ruled by a repressive regime.
The Guardian briefing about the country is here.
Two of these articles were, however, illustrated by photographs of Art Deco buildings – a relic of Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) of which Eritrea was then a part.
I couldn’t find all of the photos from the print editions on the Guardian website but the main piece on the Art Deco buildings is here.
The Fiat Building in Eritrea’s capital Asmara is simply stunning:-
This is the Cinema Impero in Asmara:-
And here is a café interior:-
The photographs shown here are credited in the Guardian to Natasha Stallard/Brownbrook.
In August 2013 when I was in Peebles the former Playhouse Cinema looked a bit run down. (See here.)
By this May it had been spruced up a bit.
We partook of the ice-cream from Caldwell’s shop/cafe just along the street. It was good.
On the High Street I noticed this Art Deco gate at the entrance to a close:-
This is the view from the close:-
We ventured down to the green by the River Tweed where there is this Pavilion:-
The reverse has slightly more deco style:-
On a back street the two Chambers brothers who later produced Chambers’s Dictionary (as it was known at first) were both born, in 1800 and 1802 respectively, as the plaque records.
I was over in the West twice recently and happened to pass through Cardross. (The locals pronounce the name with the emphasis on the first syllable.) The second time I stopped to photograph Cardross Golf Club’s Clubhouse as it’s in the deco style. My eldest brother used to play golf here in his young days.
From car park. Showing entrance and main building:-
The Art Deco style is evident here in the semi-circular canopy above the entrance. Note also the curved window behind facing the golf course itself and the flat roofs:-
Side view. You can see two semi-circular elements here plus more flat-roofs:-
The frontage onto the golf course itself has no fewer than four glazed curved elements:-
Familiarity must breed not looking. How I missed this building in this sequence up to now I don’t know. Anyway I caught it early in May when I was over for the last game in the season.
It’s the ex-Savings Bank of Glasgow building in Dumbarton, now a TSB.
The former Woolworths has been given a makeover and is now a Wotherspoons, The Captain James Lang. The frontage has cleaned up nicely. Compare this to the photo I took in 2009.
On the wall inside is a photograph of Dumbarton Woolies in its heyday.
As a homage to the building’s past this array of old Pic’n’Mix bags and sweets is also on display.
This one’s in the east end of the city centre part of Argyle Street. I missed it last December but got a photo early last month. Superstructure and windows. Nice scrolling on the stonework and lovely stained glass but needing cleaned up methinks:-
Pity it’s so dilapidated. Close-up on the windows:-
At the bottom of Buchanan Street and on the corner of Argyle Street and St Enoch Square is what used to be Arnotts department store and is now a branch of Bank of Scotland.
Below is the Argyle Street elevation of HSBC. For Buchanan Street elevations see here.
Under the Hielanman’s Umbrella is this entrance to Glasgow Central Station:-
There is a similar entrance on the south side of the street. (Stitch of two photos.)
Below is the Argyle Street frontage of the Mackintoshed up building whose Union Street aspect I featured here. Again a stitch of two.