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Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 8: Renfrew Street

West end of Art Deco style building in Renfrew Street, Glasgow:-

Centred view showing good detailing between the window layers. The Inscription above the door reads “Incorporated Dental Hospital.”

East side of building:-

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 36: Glasgow Film Theatre

Glasgow Film Theatre, also known as the GFT, is housed in one of those monolithic Art Deco buildings. Like the Rothesay Pavilion it’s unusual in not being rendered in white.

The entrance on Blythswood Street has great verticality:-

View from Renfrew Street:-

Blythswood Street elevation. Great tiling and columning, nice curve at top:-

Renfrew Street aspect. Good tiled doorways here and rectangular window housings. Note tiled pillar detailing in the rectangular box bit just below the roofline. Pity about the bins on the pavement!!

Renfrew Street roofline detailing. Again note tiled decorative pillar and curved element.

The building on Blythswood Street next to the GFT also has deco features with a great vertical element above the door. The top windows are good too:-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 7: Café Society (plus a bar)

Four years ago I featured the University Café in Byres Road in this category. In December 2014 I spotted two more examples of the deco style in Glasgow cafés.

This is the frontage of the Central Café in Saltmarket. Absolutely typical thirties lettering:-

And this is the King’s Café in Elmbank Street. Again typical lettering but note here the two lines to the left of the K of King’s and the underlining of ing’s and afé. This underlining motif is repeated in red on the glass of the lower window. The blue and gold lettering further up – not shown to best advantage here due to the street furniture – not to mention the curved lines, is also delightful:-

Right next door to King’s Café on the corner of Elmbank and Sauchiehall Streets (and directly opposite the Beresford Hotel) is the Variety Bar. Not perhaps true deco lettering but close enough:-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 6: Lewis’s, Argyle Street

Sadly what was Glasgow’s largest department store is Lewis’s no more. The good lady remembers it always had a great Christmas window. The ground floor is now taken up with shops of various kinds and the upper levels are occupied by Debenham’s.

East end, from Argyle Street. I couldn’t get back far enough to get it all in so this is a stitch:-

Argyle Street elevation:-

The windows have fine detail:-

West end from Argyle Street:-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 5: Sauchiehall Street

Apart from the Beresford Hotel, Sauchiehall Street had a couple of other Art Deco buildings. This is a stitch of Marks and Spencer’s:-

And here is a close-up showing some detail:-

Dunnes Stores is on the corner of Sauchiehall and Cambridge Streets:-

Roof-line and window detail:-

There is a lovely finish to the highest part:-

The ABC cinema predates deco – originally built in 1877 before conversion to a cinema in 1929 – but is still a fine building. (Two photos stitched to get it all in):-

The Scottish cinemas website says it is closed. It seems to house a music venue now.

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 4: Odeon Cinema, Renfield Street

Once the Paramount, before it became an Odeon, this is a building which is not as glorious as it used to be.

Full view from Upper Renfield Street:-

Corner element from Renfield Street:-

Renfiled Street aspect. Note the two men abseiling down the frontage, perhaps cleaning it:-

Detail of corner frontage:-

This is still a stunning looking building even if it needs a lot of tlc. I believe, however, only the facade remains as the Scottish cinemas website records. Compare this with this.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 4: The Beresford Hotel; Addendum.

In early December we were in Glasgow for two days.

I took the opportunity to photograph the Beresford Hotel in Sauchiehall Street for myself.

This is the front view, from Elmbank Street:-

And a close up on the entrance, showing some of the building’s detail:-

There is lovely glazing above the doorway and fine ribbing on the pillars and the red-painted walls.

This is a side view from Sauchiehall Street:-

Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 5: Union Street

While we were in Aberdeen we thought we’d have a look at the shops.

The main street, Union Street, had a couple of Art Deco frontages. I just photographed the upper portions as I couldn’t get back far enough to avoid pedestrians/traffic getting in the way and the lower bits were modernised glass anyway.

I most say deco looks a bit weird in granite.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 35: Peterculter

After Banchory we headed for Aberdeen and passed through Peterculter.

I spotted this former cinema, now a Chinese Restaurant:-

The ridging in the stonework is good as is the curved stepping.

Across the road and up a bit there was the building below, which may once have been a bank but is now a funeral director’s. Strong horizontals and verticals and a hint of a canopy:-

Then there was Café Bombay:-

Not a bad haul of Deco for what is effectively a village.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 13 (iii): Perth Once More

We were in Perth at the back end of October and I took the chance to photograph this shop in South Methven Street – mainly for the lettering on the tobacconist’s shop though the upper portion of the building may be deco too, or perhaps a bit later. The windows have been poked out, whatever.

Round the corner in South Street is this next building. Good columning here, lovely curve on the roof line and the upward tweaks at the edge of the roof are nice touches.

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