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Art Deco in Ferrol

There wasn’t much deco in Ferrol. We found two nice squares and this one, the Plaza de Espaňa, had a deco building on it:-

Plaza de Espaňa, Ferrol

A Banca:-

A Banca, Ferrol

Close-up showing deco detail on rounded corner:-

A Banca Close-up

Balconied Deco:-

Art Deco Building in Ferrol

More Art Deco, Ferrol:-

More Art Deco, Ferrol

Art Deco in Avilés (iv)

Corner Deco:-

Corner Deco, Avilés

More corner deco:-

More Corner Deco, Avilés

La Voe de Avilés. “Rule of three” in the middle of the balconies. Good railings; and that compass dial above the door is a neat touch:-

La Voe de Avilés

Balconied Corner Deco:-

Balconied Corner Deco, Avilés

A more moderne style. Springfield:-

Moderne/Deco, Avilés

There’s a stunning mural of a ship and castellations at upper level here. Art Deco “rule of three” on the corner. I think this was the Play House Cinema:-

Mural, Avilés

Art Deco in Avilés (iii)

Another sunburst door in Avilés:-

Another Sunburst Door, Avilés

Art Deco styling balconies:-

Blue Art Deco, Avilés

Spanish Style, almost Deco:-

Spanish Style, Almost Deco, Avilés

Some buildings in Avilés had wonderful tiling on the exterior. This was in a particularly deco style:-

Art Deco Tiling, Avilés

A more modern take on the deco style in Avilés:-

By a Roundabout, Avilés,

Verging on Deco:-

Art Deco Style in Avilés

Art Deco in Avilés (ii)

The most stunning deco/moderne building we came across in Avilés was this very rectilinear infant and primary school. Colegio de Educacion Infantil e Primaria, “Palacio Valdes”:-

Art Deco in Avilés, Education

Doorway, note canopy:-

Art Deco Doorway, Avilés

The clock tower and face is great. Note flagstaff – plus “rule of three” in windows on gable end:-

Art Deco in Avilés

Art Deco in Avilés (i)

Avilés had a fair amount of Art Deco buildings or at least ones showing some of the style.

This first one definitely qualifies though. I couldn’t fit it in my camera’s frame nor did the photos stitch together. The facade took up three photos :-

Deco Style Building, Avilés

Art Deco Style Building, Avilés.

Same Art Deco Style Building, Avilés.

Central doorway portion:-

Doorway Art Deco Building, Avilés.

The actual doors were half-sunburst in appearance. Portal 17-A:-

Complementary Sunburst Doorway, Avilés.

Portal 17-b. Note the reflection of the half-sunburst as compared to 17-A and tiled frieze above:-

Art Deco Sunburst Doorway, Avilés.

Art Deco in Getxo +

By the riverside on our approach to the Vizcaya Transporter Bridge I spotted this beauty:-

Getxo Art Deco 1

The doorway had some fine detailing:-

Getxo Art Deco 2

This port/marina building is also in the deco/moderne style. Spot two ships’ funnels behind it:-

Art Deco, Getxo 3

Closer view. It’s like an 1930s airport tower only with porthole windows:-

Art Deco, Getxo 4

Reverse view looking back to Getxo. Those “English” buildings are prominent to the upper left. The main part of Getxo itself is off to the right:-

Art Deco, Getxo 5

There was another Fred. Olsen line ship docked at the same time as ours, the Boudicca. Both are seen here from the pier approach:-

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SS Black Watch. The bow has a very angled rake:-

SS Black Watch at Getxo

Art Deco in Bilbao

We didn’t see much Art Deco in Bilbao and the only buildings we did see were through the coach’s windows.

This one had a magnificent tiger-shaped finial. click on photo to get to my flickr and zoom in on the detail:-

Art Deco Building Bilbao

La Equitania is more moderne than deco. Good clock though:-

La Equitania, Bilbao

This one looked decoish from a distance:-

Art Deco Features, Bilbao

The close-up is blurry and with reflections as it was snatched rather than composed:-

Detail of Bilbao Building

Telefonica/Movistar. Art Deco rule of three in corner windows:-

Telefonica/Movistar Bilbao

Getxo, Port of Bilbao

Getxo is in the Biscay Province of the autonomous region of the Basque Country, in northern Spain. Nowadays it acts as the port for Bilbao. More ships can moor there than can make it up the river to Bilbao itself. The day we were there we took an organised coach-trip into Bilbao to make sure we would see the Guggenheim Museum. The photos I took through the coach windows all have a slight greenish tinge as a result.

There are some fantastic buildings on Getxo sea-front, built, we were told, by English people who came to make their fortunes in the 19th century.

This one had some deco styling:-

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Impressive building (and hedging):-

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Deco elements to the chimney stacks here (and some rule of three):-

Sea Front Building, Getxo

Old wall, newer buildings:-

More of Sea-front, Getxo

Curious rounded elements to the left here like car park ramps or fortifications:-

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They are just balconies, though:-

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Lorient’s Art Deco Crown; Chambre de Commerce

This fine Art Deco building in Lorient, Brittany, France was just across a bridge over the inlet of the river, Le Scorff, from the modern Art Deco in the previous post.

Chambre de Commerce de Lorient et du Morbihan:-

Lorient Chaber of Commerce

Close-up of pediment:-

Lorient Chamber of Commerce Pediment

Doorway:-

Lorient Chamber of Commerce Doorway

Corner view:-

Lorient Chamber of Commerce, Corner View

Side view upper detail:-

Lorient Chember of Commerce Side View Upper Detail

View from side street:-

Lorient Chamber of Commerce, Extension?

The nearer doorway in the photo above has Tribunal de Commerce in the stone at the upper level:-

Lorient, Tribunal de Commerce

Lorient, France

Our first cruise stop was in Lorient, Brittany, France. Almost the first thing we saw after making our way out of the port was this piece of Modern Art Deco:-

Modern Art Deco, Lorient

The style continued a bit further along:-

More Modern Deco, Lorient

The same group of buildings from across an inlet of the river, Le Scorff, just beyond where the Black Watch was moored:-

Deco 3

The spire of this church kept catching my eye. It was ages before I found the street it was in. Eglise Notre Dame de Victorie St Louis, rebuilt 1953-5 after bomb damage during the war:-

Eglise Notre Dame de Victorie St Louis

Doorway:-

Doorway, Eglise Notre Dame de Victorie St Louis, Lorient

The Body Shop:-

Deco Style, Lorient

There is a slight Art Deco look, especially the porthole windows in the annexy bit, to this building at Lorient harbour, which from its appearance may date from the Second World War:-

Art Deco? Lorient Harbour

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