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Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen

Pittodrie Stadium is the home of Aberdeen FC.

Approach to Beach End Stand:-

Approach to Away Section – Not very prepossessing, what with the menacing metal fencing all round the approach:-

East Stand (Beach End.) Houses away fans:-

North (Main) Stand, houses the players changing rooms and home fans seating. The players’ tunnel is not as is usual in the centre but at the right hand end as you look at it here:-

West Stand. Home fans again:-

South Stand. In the photo Sons fans are nearest. This doesn’t give the impression of how many were there (600.) Beyond a fence, most of the stand was taken up with Aberdeen fans:-

Home fans embracing the insult and carrying an inflatable sheep/lamb. As well as the sheep there were loads of balloons in Sons colours of black, white and gold floating around during the Scottish Cup game on 8/3/14:-

Sons players applaud fans at end of game:-

Poppy Watch

This is the earliest I’ve noted poppy wearing since my blog started. For the record the posts were on 28/10/08, 23/10/09, 23/10/10 and 6/11/11.

This is only October 17th.

And who was it this year?

Why, none other than our esteemed First Minister, Wee Eck, otherwise known as Alex Salmond, on the lunchtime BBC Scotland news commenting on the green light finally being given to the Aberdeen by-pass. On the evening Reporting Scotland a local Aberdeen councillor was also shown with one.

It’s over three weeks till Remembrance Day. I do think they could at least wait until November.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 14 and Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 3, Revisited.

Yesterday afternoon I glimpsed a programme called Grand Tours of Scotland. I wouldn’t normally have watched this (mainly because the good lady thinks the presenter, Paul Murton, has an unappealing voice) but we were in someone else’s house at the time.

It was episode 6 of the series, the only one I’ve seen and Murton was “following the sun” up through the East of Scotland’s sea-side resorts. On the way he visited Stonehaven Swimming pool which has featured in my Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage posts (see link above.)

He ended up at the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, which is in my Aberdeen Art Deco Heritage posts. Murton undertook some dancing inside the Ballroom. The interior still retains Art Deco features.

Anyway the programme is available on the BBC iPlayer, but only until Wednesday 21/12/11, so if you tune in you can catch some glimpses yourself.

Also on the iPlayer (till tomorrow 20/12/11) is a piece, about 25 minutes in, from The One Show on the Midland Hotel, my post on which you can see via the link.

Re-numbering Art Deco

For those of you who care about these things I decided a while ago that the numbering system I was using for my Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage posts had become too unwieldy.

For really signature buildings (or those geographically remote) I have retained the Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage title but otherwise I now list buildings under a narrower geographical heading, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee etc.

As a result I thought it better to re-number some earlier posts retrospectively and edit the posts accordingly.

For the record the changes are:-

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 6. Bon Accord Baths: now Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 1

SADH 7. Carron Restaurant: now SADH 6

SADH 8 (and update.) Nardini’s: now 7 (and update)

SADH 9. Northern Hotel: now Aberdeen 2

SADH 10. Tarlair Swimming Pool: now 8

SADH 11. Ascot Cinema: now 9

SADH 12. Kelvin Court: now 10

SADH 13. Victoria Cinema: now Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 1

SADH 14. Green’s Playhouse: now Dundee’s Art Deco Heritage 1

SADH 15. Murraygate (I): now Dundee 2

SADH 16. Murraygate (II and III): now Dundee 3

SADH 17. now Dundee 4

SADH 18. Causewayside Garage: now Edinburgh 2

SADH 19. Dumbarton: now 11

SADH 20. Tobermory: now 12

SADH 21. Perth: now 13

SADH 17 (ii). Lilybank Mews: now Dundee 5

SADH 9 (ii). Beach Ballroom: now Aberdeen 3

SADH 22. Stonehaven Swimming pool: now 14

End of public information announcement.

Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 4. Art Deco In Aberdeen

I found this article after a search for Aberdeen Art Deco reached this blog and I followed the link. The list of buildings begins on page 6 of the document.

As well as some cinemas it gives my first Aberdeen Art Deco feature the Bon Accord Baths,

Jackson’s Garage,

Amicable House (see below from flickr.)

Amicable House

For Foresterhill Medical School, King’s College Sports Pavilion and Tullos Primary School I could find no photos.

The Northern Hotel, of course, I have featured before but here’s another picture.

Northern Hotel, Aberdeen

(More of this hotel can be seen on flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/8333696/3203661261/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/8333696/3204511190/.)

No mention in the article of The Beach Ballroom, though.

In my other searchings I came across a Modernist House in Garthdee Road Aberdeen, Architect Roy Meldrum, near Gray’s Art School (see http://flickr.com/photos/74784995@N00/1356336304/ and http://flickr.com/photos/74784995@N00/1356336300/.)

Then there is The Lemon Tree/St Katherine’s Centre, Architects Jenkins and Marr 1937 (see at http://flickr.com/photos/74784995@N00/1368315644/.)

There is this too from Bon Accord Street.

There is also a striking relief on the side of a tenement.

"The wind"

Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 3. The Beach Ballroom.

Beach Ballroom

BEACH BALLROOM ENTRANCE ABERDEEN

Here’s yet more proof that Aberdeen does have Art Deco influenced buildings.

Among its claims to fame are a floor sprung on steel springs and that the Beatles played the final gig of their 1963 Scotland tour there.

This link shows a close up of the nice detailing above the doorway.

There’s a more general view here and a nice panorama plus some interior views at Scottish Cinemas.

This one is from a distance inland.

I got the following months ago from Aberdeen City Council website. I haven’t corrected the grammar in its second sentence:-

‘The building presents a low elevation to the promenade but, on entering, the visitor descends the main staircase from which the full height and space of the domed octagonal ballroom can be appreciated. The interior reflect the glamour and Art Deco style of the 1930s whilst the sprung floor of Canadian pine, enjoyed by generations of Aberdeen dancers is still intact. The extension on the seaside of the building was designed by the City Architects Department in the early 1960s.’

Their site has been updated but there’s still an orthographic error on the new page about the ballroom.

Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 2. Northern Hotel, Aberdeen


NORTHERN HOTEL BALLROOM SIDE ABERDEEN AT DUSK

I was meaning to put up some more examples of Art Deco from Glasgow but haven’t been able to find blog friendly photographs of them on the net so they’ll need to wait till I get across to the West to take pictures of them myself.

In the meantime I recently read someone saying that Aberdeen didn’t have any Art Deco buildings.
Obviously they had never been inside the Bon Accord Baths.
And this hotel looks pretty Deco to me. Reminiscent of Rothesay Pavilion in its circular sweep.

NORTHERN HOTEL ABERDEEN AT DUSK

Also something like an ocean liner which all good Art Deco buildings should be.

Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 1. Bon Accord Baths

Bon Accord Baths

Bon Accord Baths

Bon Accord Baths

I was browsing the www last night and I discovered that Aberdeen City Council has recently closed these baths apparently not long after refurbishing them.

To see how sad a loss this could be just feast your eyes on these pictures. This is such a wonderful Art Deco interior. This is simply how a baths ought to be. When I first saw the photographs I was stunned.

It is a pity that the facilities are no longer cost effective. It seems each visitor to the baths was effectively subsidised to the tune of £11 a visit!

In these cash straitened times I suppose Aberdeen council has to make cuts somewhere but surely this interior deserves preserving and cherishing.

There is a link – which I can’t seem to follow – to a petition against the closure and also a statement that these baths had the only diving boards in Aberdeen!

I realise the upkeep is a severe strain on the public purse and people want more modern facilities, flumes etc, but I don’t think beautiful is too strong a word to describe what can be seen here. Magnificent even.

Is there not a way the Bon Accord Baths can be taken over by some preservation trust?

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