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Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 35: Helensburgh

Typically Art Deco former Woolworths building in Helensburgh, Scotland. Now a Wilkies:-

Former Woolworths Helensburgh

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 16: University of Glasgow

I don’t know precisely which building this is. It’s near the Physics (or is it still Natural Philosophy?) Building. I caught a glimpse of it on the path up from the Western Infirmary to the University but I couldn’t see a way round to its other side. Maybe next time I’m in the west end.

Art Deco Building, Univ of Glasgow

Art Deco in Asmara

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:-

Fiat Building Asmara

This is the Cinema Impero in Asmara:-

Cinema Impero Asmara

And here is a café interior:-

Cafe in Asmara

The photographs shown here are credited in the Guardian to Natasha Stallard/Brownbrook.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 33: Peebles. Addendum

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.

Peebles Former Cinema

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:-

Art Deco Gate in Peebles

This is the view from the close:-

Peebles Art Deco Gate

We ventured down to the green by the River Tweed where there is this Pavilion:-

Art Deco Pavilion, Peebles

The reverse has slightly more deco style:-

Peebles Art Deco Pavilion Reverse

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.

Peebles House Chambers Plaque

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 34: Crieff

Minor Art Deco in Crieff, in the old Perthshire part of Perth and Kinross.

Two shops on the High Street.

Art Deco Style Shop, Crieff

Pity the windows have been poked out on this one.

Art Deco Style, Crieff

Kingsway, Empire Exhibition 1938

Another Brian Gerald art-drawn picture of the Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938. This one shows the avenue called the Kingsway.

Kingsway, Empire Exhibition 1938

And this is a black and white photographic postcard of the same avenue from a little further up showing the Palace of Industries.

Kingsway, Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 33: Cardross

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:-

Cardross Golf Club Clubhouse from car park

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:-

Cardross Golf Club, Clubhouse Entrance

Side view. You can see two semi-circular elements here plus more flat-roofs:-

Cardross Golf Club Sideview

The frontage onto the golf course itself has no fewer than four glazed curved elements:-

Cardross Golf Club

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 11c. Dumbarton Yet Again

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.

Dumbarton 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.

Dumbarton Former Woolworths

On the wall inside is a photograph of Dumbarton Woolies in its heyday.

Dumbarton Old Woolworths

As a homage to the building’s past this array of old Pic’n’Mix bags and sweets is also on display.

Pic n Mix, Dumbarton

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 16: London Road

This one’s not really worth a number in this sequence all to itself but I’ve nowhere else to put it.

It’s Lynch’s, London Road which has Art Deco influenced upper portions, especially the windows:-

Lynch's, London Road, Glasgow

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 9: Argyle Street. Addendum

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:-

Art Deco in Argyle Street, Glasgow

Pity it’s so dilapidated. Close-up on the windows:-

Art Deco, Argyle Street, Glasgow, Detail

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.

Art Deco Bank, Argyle Street, Glasgow

Below is the Argyle Street elevation of HSBC. For Buchanan Street elevations see here.

HSBC, Argyle Street, Glasgow

Under the Hielanman’s Umbrella is this entrance to Glasgow Central Station:-

Glasgow Central Station, Argyle Street Entrance

There is a similar entrance on the south side of the street. (Stitch of two photos.)

Other Entrance, Glasgow Central Station

Below is the Argyle Street frontage of the Mackintoshed up building whose Union Street aspect I featured here. Again a stitch of two.

Mackintosh Style in Argyle Street, Glasgow

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