Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, War Memorials at 10:00 on 4 December 2016
Grootegast is in Groningen province.
This house (flats?) has a definite Art Deco feel especially in the rounded window elements:-
A more typical Dutch style house:-
Grootegast War Memorial. From distance:-
Dutch East Indies Memorial:-
Post World War 2 the Dutch made a doomed attempt to hold on to their Far Eastern colonies. As did the French. And, eventually, the British.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, War Memorials at 19:00 on 1 December 2016
Doezum is a village in the province of Groningen, The Netherlands. Travelling through it I spotted this Art Deco style house:-
Front view. Espaliering of fruit trees in the front garden:-
Other view. Note rounded corners with fairly elaborate brick finials on top:-
There was a further deco style house on the other side of the street:-
Again the detailing on the house roof corners was delightful:-
Doezum War Memorial. In Memoriam 1940-45. Again the Dutch style wreaths are distinctive:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips at 20:00 on 30 November 2016
Drachten is a sizable town in the province of Friesland in The Netherlands.
Like most Dutch towns (I concede Frisians might not quite consider themselves Dutch) it contains buildings which verge on Art Deco in style:-
I liked these stained glass windows:-
It’s the curve that gives this the deco look but the rest seems too modern:-
These houses have the look:-
This is certainly more like it. Art Deco “rule of three” in the windows, plus the roofline stepped at the ends and the detailing in the brickwork:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips, War Memorials at 19:49 on 28 November 2016
I have posted about Surhuisterveen before, here and here.
This May we were there again and I saw some deco style buildings I’d missed in 2104.
Detailing on roof corner:-
This former bank is a modern building but with decoish aspects:-
Aspect round the corner:-
Deco style stained glass window. Mondrian-like:-
We had arrived just in time for Dutch Remebrance Day (May 5th I think.) I prefer their wreaths to the British poppy-heavy ones:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips at 12:00 on 26 November 2016
On our way back from Ypres to the north of The Netherlands we stopped off at the small town of Naarden.
It’s a stunning place, built as a fortress surrounded by fortifications which stick out into a canal acting as a moat giving the whole the appearance of a many pointed star – and apparently only the one road in or out crossing the moat/canal.
It has typical Dutch streets. The day we visited was a national holiday by the time we got there it was late afternoon so it wasn’t very busy.
Right by the church was this statue of the man known as the father of modern education, Jan Comenius, who is buried in Naarden:-
Here’s a flavour of the fortification earthworks and surrounding canal/moat:-
Some of the houses had an Art Deco feel, especially in the stained glass, but which may have been just Dutch:-
There was more than a hint of deco about this doorway canopy and fanlights in “rule of three”:-
I think this may have been the old gateway to the town:-
A delightful wee place, but it’s not as unique as you might think. There is another such canal/moat surrounded Dutch town. Its near the German border and called Bourtange; but we didn’t get to there.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Modern Architecture, Museums, Trips at 17:00 on 21 November 2016
I couldn’t help noticing this very deco looking (or possibly Frank Lloyd Wright influenced or maybe it’s just Belgian) building when we passed through Zonnebeeke in Flanders. The tower behind belongs to the Church of our Lady:-
Imagine my surprise when I got round to the front and discovered it houses the Passchendaele Research Centre which seems to be part of the Passchendaele Memorial Museum. Note the “rule of three” in the windows – and even in what looks like a cold frame below them:-
Unfortunately I couldn’t get an uninterrupted view of the frontage due to the parked van:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Modern Architecture at 20:00 on 7 November 2016
Bury St Edmunds has a smattering of old buildings in the Gothic style but also some Art Deco. This is a very thirties Marks & Spencer:-
Betfred has Art Deco leanings in the slight overhangs:-
But the exemplar has to be The Works, which exhibits the rule of three in the windows which in addition have great deco glass, with sunburst effect above:-
End window detail:-
The Works was right beside this Tudor/mediæval style building which now houses W H Smith’s:-
Posted in Art Deco, Trips, War Memorials at 11:00 on 6 November 2016
Next stop after King’s Lynn was Thetford, still in Norfolk. It is the birthplace of Thomas Paine, writer of the Rights of Man and one of the inspirers of the American Revolution.
His statue is prominent in the town:-
This Memorial to the men of the 359th Fighter Group, 8th US Air Force, was close by:-
On the way in we had passed this brick-built Art Deco Fire Station:-
Could this once have been a Woolworth’s?
Though there were folks around we didn’t hear anyone speaking English for about ten minutes:-
Someone though had been watching Dad’s Army:-
Thetford War Memorial:-
Great War dedication:-
Prominent poppy above door; even more so on chimney on Royal British Legion building:-
Posted in Art Deco, Films at 10:00 on 5 November 2016
Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions. Directed and written by Woody Allen.
Off at the unusual hour of 11 am to the local “Art House” cinema where about thirty to forty brave souls were gathered to watch Woody Allen’s latest.
And what a treat to the eye it was. From the first scene – a Hollywood party – we were drenched in Art Deco and the thirties. Lovely sets and costumes.
Booby Dorfman moves from New York to find work. After first being given the run around by his uncle Phil, a powerful agent, he is eventually given a dogsbody role. Phil asks his secretary Vonnie to show Bobby the town and of course Bobby falls for her. Vonnie is though, embroiled in a clandestine affair with Phil. Meanwhile back in New York Bobby’s brother Ben has forged a career as a gangster.
The working out of the relationships eventually leads to Bobby returning to New York to run a (legitimate) nightclub for Ben, where a few years later the past in the form of Vonnie and Phil intrudes to complicate things.
This is no Blue Jasmine but was a worthwhile experience all the same. A few Allen style jokes are thrown in though I was slightly disturbed by the ethics of playing gangland murders for laughs.
Once again from the opening titles this could not be mistaken for anything other than a Woody Allen film, the font of the titles, the (wonderful) jazz soundtrack, the worldview. It was none the worse for that.
It was unusual to see Ken Stott (playing Bobby’s dad) as a Jewish New Yorker but all the performances were excellent.
Posted in Art Deco, Modern Architecture, Trips at 20:00 on 1 November 2016
Fenton Insurance. Lovely sweeping curve and canopies over windows and door:-
In need of some tlc, though:-
Fine lettering and flagpole holders on this brick-built garage.
(Photo snatched – not by the driver – through car window while awaiting traffic light to change):-
Second snatched photo:-