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 Art Deco at 12:00 on 19 April 2016
I took this photo in a museum, I think in Kirkcaldy Museum.
It’s an example of the linoleum made in the town being adapted to the then new Art Deco style laid out in the entrance to Barry’s linoleum factory.
That receptionist’s desk is cracking too.
Posted in Art Deco, Fife at 10:00 on 15 April 2016
There isn’t much deco in Cupar, Fife’s quondam County Town. I’ve already posted a picture of Luvian’s café/ice cream/wine shop. Last time I was in Cupar I thought the Bank of Scotland had some deco influence, especially on the lower fascia.
While we’re on Cupar; and completely differently in terms of achitecture I also noticed this triangular cartouche at the top of a very old building’s gable. 1623!
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 Art Deco, Dunfermline at 12:00 on 15 March 2016
This building is at the junction of St Margaret Street and Buchanan Street. Its roofline and decoration around and above the door mark its deco influences.
The first photo is from May 2010:-
Sadly the shop is now empty and forlorn looking. This is from a week or so ago:-
Posted in Art Deco, Cinemas at 12:00 on 7 March 2016
Once the Picture House Cinema, now a Premier Bingo Hall.
On the High Street. Not quite Art Deco. It was built in 1912. Rebuilt in 1935 so some deco touches.