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Art Deco in Liverpool (v) Various

Viewed from a bus tour.

A Chinese restaurant, very minor deco:-

Art Deco Building, Liverpool

Art Deco, Liverpool

“The Lighting Centre,” but it seemed to be closed:-

More Liverpool Art Deco

The building below is not strictly in Liverpool as it’s across the Mersey but I photographed it from Liverpool. I was told it’s a fume extraction tower for the Mersey Tunnel:-

Extraction Tower

Art Deco in Liverpool (iv) Burton’s* and Woolworths

These photos were shot from one or other of the two bus tours we took in Liverpool.

This looks like a former Burton’s* but may not be. It’s certainly Art Deco:-

Former Burton's Liverpool

A former Woolworths is to its left (right as you look at it.)

Old Woolworths, Liverpool

Former Woolworths closer view:-

Former Woolworths, Liverpool

*Edited to add:- I looked at this again and realised it was more like an old cinema so I researched old Liverpool cinemas and discovered it was the ABC Lime Street, see here.

Art Deco in Liverpool (iii) Littlewoods Building

I didn’t actually see this building when we were in Liverpool, which was before the recent fire, as it wasn’t on either of the bus tours we took. So I won’t get the chance to photograph it as it was then. (It was a bit dilapidated it has to be said.)

It is however an iconic building.

Photo from Liverpool Echo:-

Littlewoods Building

As is this. Note clock tower :-

Littlewoods building

This photo is by Peter Hodge via Wikipedia:-

Littlewoods building

This, again highlighting the clock tower, is from Save Britain’s Heritage:-

Littlewoods Building

This end-on view is from a news item noting the building’s acquisition by Capital & Centric for development, which is, I believe, still intended to take place despite the fire.

Littlewoods building

Art Deco in Liverpool (ii) Lewis’s

An Art Deco department store in Liverpool.

This picture is from Wikipedia:-

Lewis's Liverpool

The building is known as “Dickie” Lewis or “Nobby” Lewis due to the nude statue by Jacob Epstein more properly known as Liverpool Resurgent. Again the photo is from Wikipedia:-

Unfortunately my own photograph (taken from the tour bus) was shot into the sun, hence the two above:-

Lewis's Liverpool

Art Deco in Liverpool (i) Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Liverpool city centre has more than a few Art Deco buildings.

The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is on Hope Street in the city. It’s a striking example of a brick-built Art Deco building and is Grade II listed. I only managed to photograph it from the bus tour so didn’t get the best angles but the rounded towers, the windows and the detailing are striking.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Fuller view (with Catholic Cathedral in left background):-

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

The photo below, taken from Wikipedia, shows it to even better advantage:-

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

More Art Deco from Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee.

High Art Deco (and huge) brass wall panel from an ocean liner. Floor to ceiling in the exhibition space -see wall lighting photo below:-

Brass Wall Panel from Ocean Liner

Art Deco lamp from an ocean liner:-

Art Deco Lamp from Ocean Liner

Wall light:-

Art Deco Wall Light

The exhibition’s wall lighting was in keeping with the deco feel:-

Art Deco Wall Lighting

Ocean liner Art Deco wall decoration:-

Ocean Liner Art Deco Wall Decoration

The liners catered for all tastes and persuasions. Art Deco Torah Ark:-

Art Deco Ocean Liner Torah Ark

For some reason one of the exhibits was a model of a Le Corbusier building. (The Art Deco metal jug behind it surely dripped when used.)

Le Corbusier Building Model

Art Deco Illustrations and Interiors, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee.

Illustration of French Ocean Liner Interior, SS Normandie as I recall:-

Illustration of French Ocean Liner Interior

Art Deco Ocean Liner Interior Illustration

Illustrations for proposed ocean liner interiors; never used:-

Art Deco Illlustrations, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

Art Deco bronze wall plaques:-

Art Deco Bronze Wall Plaques

Art Deco Ocean Liner carpet:-

Art Deco Ocean Liner Carpet

Art Deco Ocean Liner wall display and chairs. The chair on the right is stunning:-

Art Deco Ocean Liner Chairs

Posters and Brochures, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

The entrance display room to the Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee, displays advertising posters from the earliest liner eras up to the time when they were replaced by air travel.

My eye was mostly taken by classic Art Deco ones such as this for an Italian shipping line:-

Art Deco Poster, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

Not to mention the classic SS Normandie:-

SS Normandie poster

And the SS Empress of Britain:-

Empress of Britain Poster

This brochure is from the NYK line:-

Art Deco Brochure, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

These are pages illustrating the high life of ocean liner travel:-

Art Deco Brochure Illustrations, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

Finally and not Art Deco, the cover of a brochure for the QE2, whose first voyage down the Clyde to take her sea-trials we were all given a day off school to witness. Even then everyone knew there would never be such a ship built on the Clyde again:-

QE 2 Brochure, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

We visited the new V&A, Dundee, last week where the first exhibition was on Ocean Liners, with the sub-heading Speed and Style:-

Poster For Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

Exhibition Poster, V&A entrance behind:-

Ocean Liners Exhibition Poster & V&A, Dundee

This post only scratches the surface of what is a sumptuous exhibition which is mainly a feast of Art Deco style reflecting the ocean liner’s inter-wars heyday.

Brochure for French shipping line:-

Shipping Line Brochure, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

United States Lines Brochure:-

United States Lines Brochure,  Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

It’s not exclusively Art Deco, though. This is a Louis XIV style door from a pre World War 1 French liner:-

Loius XIV Door. Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

A similar Louis XIV style panel and chair:-

Loius XIV Door Panel and Chair

Wall panel from one of the Titanic’s sister ships, SS Olympic:-

Wall Panel from SS Olympic

The ultimate in streamlined ship design. Perhaps it was fortunate this was never built. Everything’s enclosed, there’s no deck where you could take the air. (It also looks a bit like a submarine):-

Streamlined Ship Model

Goodbye to Olden

I took this photo from the ship as we were leaving Olden. It’s a local hotel and has Art Deco/Moderne styling but may be later in construction:-

Art Deco/Moderne Style Hotel, Olden, Norway

There’s a turf-roofed chalet to the right of centre on this photo of the hillside behind the pier:-

Turf Roofed Chalet, Olden, Norway

The locals gave us a flag-waving send-off:-

Farewell from Olden Locals

There was someone in one of the higher up chalets waving a Union Jack but I didn’t manage to get the picture. The ones on the pier had a musical accompaniment:-

Musical Farewell from Olden, Norway

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