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Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 14: Merchant City

Glasgow’s Merchant City lies to the east of Buchanan Street and north of Argyle Street.

I couldn’t get back far enough to get this all in:-

Same building, other side:-

Deco detail:-

This one looks a bit lonely:-

This is fairly mundane except for the decoration near the roofline – for which see next photo:-

There is some lovely decoration near the roofline:-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 13: Union Street

Art Deco style shop in Union Street, Glasgow:-

Detailing round the windows:-

The roofline has good touches:-

On the corner of Union and Argyle Streets lay the location of the famous meeting place known as “Boots’ corner” but Boots is long gone and this Union Street facade has now had “Mackintosh” embellishments added. Mockintosh, if you like:-

The detailing has typical Mackintosh square elements with sinuous biologically inspired lines:-

As do the window surrounds with the addition of also typical elongated rectangles:-

The elongated rectangles and sinuous lines are prominent in the bay window too:-

I can’t remember exactly which street this was in but it’s a fine building too, with hints of deco:-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 12: Renfield Street

Art Deco style building on corner of Renfield and West Gordon Streets, Glasgow. Elegant vertical banding, plus good canopy in West Gordon Street:-


Renfield Stret view:-

Lower portion in Renfield Street:-

Flat roofed deco building on corner of Renfield and Bath Streets, Glasgow. Good v-shaped detail between the middle windows on Renfield Street:-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 11: Gordon Street/West Nile Street

This is in Gordon Street, stitch of two photos. Good decorative aspects:-

On corner of West Nile and Gordon Streets. Strong verticals and horizontals. Good angled corner:-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 10: Buchanan Street

This is the entranceway to Monsoon in Buchanan Street, Glasgow. Great fanlight windows.

Here’s the same door in daylight. Lovely tiling.

As you can see the building is called Rowan House.

I don’t know what went wrong with this next photo. As you can see it’s blurry.

On the corner of Buchanan and Argyle Streets is HSBC’s premises, which has some deco elements.

This bit is only seen from Buchanan Street:-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 9: Argyle Street

Two buildings I spotted on our December trip to Glasgow.

This one is on the corner of Argyle and Virginia Streets:-

This is the Argyle Street elevation:-

And this one is in Argyle Street. Stitched to get it all in:-

There are good “streamlining ” lines near the roof line:-

The scrolling is good, as is the fan shaping. And note the stepped roof line:-

The repeated scrolling and streamlining enhances the symmetry:-

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.

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