Posted in Architecture, Art Deco at 19:42 on 24 September 2016
I was over in the west in April (for the Queen of the South game I think) and took in Helensburgh again.
This shop (in Sinclair Street?) has very minor Art Deco touches:-
Detail of windows to right:-
This building (definitely in Sinclair Street) is impressive in its upper reaches:-
This cartouche looks like it may be a representation of St Andrew:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas, Edinburgh at 12:00 on 21 September 2016
This is a stunner. A fantastic cinema in the Streamline Moderne Art Deco style. It really ought to have been much further up this list, possibly even at the top, but I had no photographs of it. I knew it existed but not exactly where it was in Edinburgh. I wasn’t very familiar with the geography of the city but my son moved there a couple of years ago and on a visit I was exploring the area he lives in.
Imagine my delight on coming across this by accident rather than design. It’s still a working independent cinema, run by a family. This is their website. They also have a facebook presence.
From Morningside Road end of Newbattle Terrace. Great curved column:-
From Newbattle Terrace, opposite aspect:-
Upper detailing and roofline:-
Stained glass window by entrance doorway. This is mirrored on the other side:-
Column detailing and surround:-
Canopy, clock and lettering:-
Stitch from across Newbattle Terrace:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, History, Modern Architecture at 12:00 on 11 September 2016
Just before the chapel’s entrance on the approach to Rosslyn Chapel stands the Old Rosslyn Inn.
The inn’s catalogue of great and good patrons is commemorated on a plaque by the arched gateway:-
Yet this obviously 20th century building (in the Art Deco/Moderne style) can also be seen from the access road.
Posted in Art, Art Deco, Curiosities at 12:00 on 8 September 2016
In April we went to Rosewell, Midlothian, to preview the lots at an art auction. (Left a bid, didn’t get the painting. Ah well.)
Being so near by we took a peek at Rosslyn Chapel on the way back through Roslin. A fine Gothic confection, the chapel certainly stands in contrast to most Scottish places of worship, which tend to the square and boxy.
It has achieved a kind of notoriety by being associated with the Knights Templar – a connection which is seemingly nonsense – and its mention by Dan Brown in the Da Vinci Code, a book whose premise alone is enough to put me off reading it.
More properly known as the Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew, Rosslyn chapel was founded in the 15th century:-
Stitch of two photos:-
This was the auction house building in Rosewell. Slight Art Deco feel, mainly in the paintwork:-
Posted in Art Deco at 12:00 on 5 September 2016
I keep noticing Art Deco styling I’ve previously missed in places I visit relatively often.
Shop frontage, Dunbar:-
Building ventilator grille, St Andrews:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas at 12:00 on 4 September 2016
Located in Boreland Road, Inverkeithing, the cinema opened in 1918 but updated in 1931 and has a vaguely Art Deco feel. It’s now an antiques/second-hand shop.
Posted in Art Deco, Dunfermline at 12:00 on 30 August 2016
The library is at the moment being refurbished. Its entrance is on Maygate but this view is of the St Margaret Street aspect:-
Posted in Art Deco, Dumbarton FC at 12:00 on 28 August 2016
SPFL Tier 2, Falkirk Stadium, 27/8/16.
Since I made my way up from Dumfries and Galloway where we’ve been for the past couple of days (yes, photos of deco buildings and of War Memorials were taken) I got held up at the roadworks on the M74 and as a result missed baout fifteen minutes of this. It seems we had a chance or two in that time but all I witnessed was Falkirk dominating possession – due mainly to our giving it away – for the rest of the first half. Alan Martin had two magnificent reaction saves in that time or else we’d have been right out of it.
The second half meandered along and we only really looked under threat when a header from a corner hit the bar and went over. Nevertheless we were defending for the most part, again losing the ball too easily or giving it away but a great passing move between Ryan Stevenson, Robert Thomson and Josh Todd carved out a chance which Todd couldn’t get past Danny Rogers in the home goal.
Sub Andy Stirling put in a great cross which Robert Thomson couldn’t quite get on the end of (and a later one which someone ought to have anticipated falling at the back post but no one did.)
We might have held out for the draw but the replacement of Stevenson by Darren Barr seemed to disrupt our organisation temporarily and they managed to get a man over in the box with only four minutes to go. Cruel.
I suppose Falkirk deserved the points on pressure and possession but our defence, where Mark Docherty was outstanding at centre-half,* didn’t deserve that.
Three of the five teams we’ve yet to play are at the top of the league, and unbeaten. It’s going to be tough again.
*Edited to add. Having looked at Sons TV’s footage of the game unfortunately he was the one playing their scorer onside for the goal.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Glasgow at 12:00 on 26 July 2016
This should really have been much earlier in this series as it is one of the most striking buildings in Glasgow – and Scotland as a whole.
The former Templeton’s Carpet Factory is by Glasgow Green near the People’s Palace and occupies a sort of square formed by Binnie Place, Templeton Street, Tobago Street and London Road.
This view from the People’s Palace shows the unique combination of eastern and Scottish influences. The West Brewery at extreme left side here:-
This is from a bit further along Templeton Street:-
Strong horizontals and verticals in the moderne style in this Templeton Street view:-
There is fantastic detailing in the upper brickwork:-
Junction of the “eastern” and “moderne” parts with Scots baronial thrown in to the mix:-
The eastern side of the building, off Tobago Street, has now been converted into flats:-
Further up Tobago Street:-
I had to stitch two photos to get the Tobago Street entrance doorway in. (It appears bent in this; it’s not really.)
The clocktower segment on the corner of Tobago Street and London Road has classic Art Deco lines:-
North side of building – converted into flats. Off London Road:-
Stitch of two photos of west end of London Road aspect. (Again the building isn’t Curved.) The West Brewery occupies this portion:-
Posted in Art Deco, Cinemas at 12:00 on 21 June 2016
This wonderful Art Deco cinema in Aberfeldy, Perthshire (or Perth and Kinross as it has now become is perhaps not what you expect to see in a small town in the middle of Scotland. Still in use as a cinema (plus cafe and bar.) The Birks (birches) is a local beauty spot/steep valley.
Entrance. Like the rest of the cinema (refurbished quite recently I believe) the glazing isn’t original:-
View from left:-