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Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 57: Girvan

From Glenluce we travelled up the Ayrshire coast, heading home.

On entering Girvan I spotted this building. The various verticals and horizontals, the “rule of three” in the windows, the canopy and the stepped roofline all make this building shreik Deco.

Art Deco Building, Girvan, Ayrshire

Whithorn

And so on our journey through Dumfries and Galloway it was on to Whithorn.

Whithorn has an important place in Scottish history as it was the location of the first Christian Church in Scotland after St Ninian crossed over from Ireland in the year 397 or thereabouts and the ruins of the mediæval Whithorn Priory stand in the town.

Architecturally Whithorn is a typical small Scottish town with stone built houses. I wasn’t really expecting any Art Deco but it does pop up in unlikely places.

Charles Coid, Butcher:-
There is a hint of eastern influence to this but the date in the cartouche is 1934 – slap bang in deco times – the geometric surround to the proprietor’s name with its mosaic construction and the towered roof line give it the look.

Art Deco Style in Whithorn

What looks like an old Woolworths; now houses “The Whithorn Story”:-

Old Woolworths, Whithorn

Georgian house:-

Georgian House, Whithorn

Memorial plaque to George Dickie, “Jack Brent,” member of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War:-

Spanish Civil War Veteran Memorial, Whithorn

Pend leading to Whithorn Priory:-

Pend Leading to Whithorn Priory

The coat of arms above it is the Royal Arms of Scotland:-

Coat of Arms, Whithorn Pend

Priory side of pend:-

Pend in Whithorn, Priory Side

Shutters on pend windows:-

Shutters on Pend Windows, Whithorn

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 56: Mutehill

This is possibly more moderne than Deco. A house off the A 711, just south of Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway.

It’s possibly very recently built.

The White House Mutehill

Art Deco Style. The White House Mutehill

The White House Mutehill, Art Deco Style House

Dumfries Art Deco (vi) Dumfries Rugby Club

I drove past this – on New Abbey Road – and of course had to stop to photograph it.

I took these two from the left of the building to try to stitch them together but there wasn’t a match:-

Dumfries Rugby Club Building

Dumfries Rugby Club Building

The centre tower has typical Deco verticals plus rule of three in the vertical elements:-

Dumfries Rugby Club Building Centre Tower

From right side:-

Dumfries Rugby Club Building

Dumfries Art Deco (v) Carers Centre, a Garage and Two houses

More Art Deco from our visit to Dumfries in May 2018

This is on Whitesands, over the road from the river Nith. Now a Carers Centre. Surprisingly the windows haven’t been too mucked about with:-

Art Deco Building, Dumfries

A former garage, again on Whitesands, close to the River Nith. Now multiple shops:-

Art Deco Garage, Dumfries

This Deco house on has had its eyes poked out:-

Art Deco House, Dumfries

It lies on New Abbey Road, just at its junction with Pleasance Avenue.

Dumfries, Art Deco House

Gable end:-

Gable End, Art Deco House, Dumfries

Its gate posts:-

Gate Posts, Art Deco House, Dumfries

This neighbouring Art Deco house, almost a mirror image of the previous, is in Pleasance Avenue:-

Neighbouring Art Deco House, Dumfries

Frontage:-

Frontage, Neighbouring Art Deco House, Dumfries

Gable end:-

Gable End, Neighbouring Art Deco House, Dumfries

Dumfries Art Deco (iv) Dumfries Academy

In May last year we passed through Dumfries in a different direction from before and I spotted that Dumfries Academy building is Art Deco.

From left:-

Dumfries Academy Building

It reminds me a bit of the old school building in Moffat, but that’s smaller.

Gable end:-

Gable End Dumfries Academy Building

Frontage. Stitch of two photos:-

Dumfries Academy Frontage

Centre portion:-

Centre Portion, Dumfries Academy

Detail. note roofline and clock face:-

Detail, Dumfries Academy

Art Deco in Dalbeattie

Last year we visited Dalbeattie in Dumfries and Galloway.

I was surprised when we got there to find the buildings are mostly made of granite but it turned out there was a granite quarry very close by so naturally the locals made full us eof it back in the day.

In fact the B&B we stayed in – the best such we have ever been in – was right beside the now disused quarry.

Former Quarry near Dalbeattie

I also wasn’t expecting Art Deco, but it’s there.

T H Carson Butcher. It’s really only the stepped roof-line here:-

Art Deco style Shop, Dalbeattie

Then there was the Co-op. Full deco style:-

Dalbeattie Co-op

Roof-line detail.

Art Deco Detail, Co-op Dalbeattie

More likely 1960s?:-

Decoish? in Dalbeattie

Former bank. Possible deco style round the doors:-

Former Bank, Dalbeattie

Garage/car sale room. Stepped roof-line, but windows’ “eyes” poked out:-

Art Deco Garage, Dalbeattie

Former Picture House, Dalbeattie, now Bryan Gowan’s Furniture Store. Horizontals, verticals, stepped roof-line. Rule of three above window over the doors. Shame about the replaced windows.

Former Picture House, Dalbeattie

Photographs of the cinema as it appeared in 1985 are here on the Scottsh Cinemas website. It still had the original windows, then. Much more appropriate looking.

Side View:-

Side View Former Picture House Dalbeattie

Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 6: Tullos School + A Sports Pavilion

I had a recent comment on my post no 4 in this category to the effect that Tullos Primary School in Aberdeen is Art Deco.

It is.

A previous commenter, Kenfitlike, provided a link to this Sports Pavilion in Aberdeen:-

Sports Pavilion in Aberdeen

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 44 (ii) Montrose Again

I was up at Montrose again last summerand wnadered the town centre a bit further coming across these three buildings. The middle block here may be 1950s but the left one has the Art Deco style:-

Art Deco Shop, Montrose

That left-hand one has Critall style upper windows, still. The marble effect round the shop windows with the geometric line design also has the look:-

Montrose, Art Deco

This is entrance to the Ladbroke’s I pictured in my first Montrose Art Deco post. Lovely Art Deco detailing here:-

Art Deco Shop Entrance Montrose

More Memorabilia of Empire Exhibition, Glasgow 1938

Here is a wonderful Art Deco poster for the Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938, held in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow. I saw the poster for sale at Ingliston Antiques Fair in Edinburgh:-

Poster for Empire Exhibition, Glasgow 1938

There, too, was this brilliant Art Deco style chocolate box lid showing one of the two Scottish Pavilions at the Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938:-

Chocolate Box, Empire Exhibition 1938

Also at the same Ingliston Antiques Fair I saw this framed photo of an Art Deco building which looks as if it may have been (still be?) a hotel. The flag standard is flying a French tricolour.

Framed Photo of Art Deco Building

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