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Art Deco Style Houses Edinburgh

In June we had a wander in Edinburgh. I took a wrong turning and we got a bit lost.

As a result, though, we came across this block of 1930s housing:-

Art Deco Style Houses Edinburgh

The second left of the four looks to still have its Critall windows.* The others don’t. Their poked out eyes are not so pleasing but they look to be better upkept.

Edinburgh Art Deco Style Houses

(We found our way back okay by retracing our steps and I realised where the misstep had been.)

*The link goes to all my mentions of Critall windows, inclduing the one on this post.

Modern Art Deco in Bishop Auckland

When travelling back from Barnard Castle I spotted this modern building and took a right turn at the roundabout in order to photograph it. It lies on West Auckland Road. Horizontals, verticals, rounded corners, flat roof, white rendering, balconies all conform to Art Deco:-

Modern Art Deco near Bishop Auckland

Modern Art Deco, Bishop Auckland

The gate:-

Gate Modern Art Deco, Bishop Auckland


Modern Art Deco Building and Fence

Two Sides of Barnard Castle

The River Tees is out of sight (down the hill in the photo below and round a corner) from Barnard Castle’s main street (variously known as Horse Market and The Bank) but you can see hills. Seeing hills from the High Street is one of the good lady’s conditions for somewhere being a proper town:-

Hills from Barnard Castle

Further up the street there was a piece of minor Art Deco. Now Heron Foods, I’ve no idea what it was originally:-

Art DecoShop, Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle

The town of Barnard Castle takes its name from the castle which sits on a promontory above the River Tees. At the time we visited going inside the castle required booking in advance due to Covid. As we hadn’t booked, we couldn’t go in.

Castle from town side:-

Barnard Castle,County Durham, castle ruin

Entrance to Castle:-

Entrance to Castle at Barnard Castle

Round tower:-

Barnard Castle,Teesdale, Counry Durham, castle ruin

North face of castle:-

Barnard Castle stitch, County Durham, castle ruin

Panorama of castle from over the Tees. (The curvature is due to a stitch of two photos):-

Barnard Castle from Bridge over the River Tees

Part of castle from the bridge over the Tees. Note town sign on the wall by the road:-

Barnard Castle, Castle

Castle wall from below:-

Part of Castle Wall, Barnard Castle,

Looking north from River Tees bridge, castle on right:-

River Tees, Barnard Castle, County Durham

Castle from viewpoint by River Tees:-

River Tees and Barnard Castle

Closer view. The bridge over the Tees can be seen to bottom right:-

Barnard Castle + Bridge, County Durham, River Tees

Minor Art Deco in Stanhope, County Durham

Stanhope is a village in County Durham, England.

The Bonny Moorhen has some deco touches: horizontals, verticals, flat roof, rounded corner:-

Art Deco(ish) Building, Stanhope, County Durham

Its side aspect also shows off a stepped roofline:-

Stanhope, County Durham, Art Deco

Art Deco in Chester-le-Street, County Durham (ii) The Old Co-op

This one was too long for me to be able to fit into one photo. It still houses the Co-operative Bank, but also when we visited a Peacock’s and a Poundland.

Art Deco Shop Building, Chester-le-Street, County Durham

Central portion detail. Rule of three in the windows plus other Deco hallmarks:-

Central Portion, Art Deco Building, Chester-le-Street

Stitch of two photos to get whole building in:-

Stitch of Art Deco, Building, Chester-le-Street

Bergenhus Fortress, Bergen

Bergenhus Fortress is one of the oldest stone built fortifications in Norway. The buildings lie between those of the Rosencrantz Tower and Haakons Hall. This page counts those as part of the fortress.

Courtyard from north:-

Bergenhus Fortress

East building:-

Bergenhus Fortress, Bergen

North building:-

Bergen, Bergenhus Fortress

Rosencrantz Tower and Haakons Hall, Bergen, Norway

There are of course older buildings in Bergen apart from in Bryggen. Some of them are even built from stone.

One such is the Rosencrantz Tower, apparently one of the most important renaissance monuments in Norway. Parts of it date to the 1270s. We passed it on the way into the city centre from the ship’s mooring and took photos on the way back.

As is our usual experience it was shrouded in scaffolding and plastic:-

Rosencrantz Tower, Bergen, Norway

Tower of Rosencrantz Tower, Bergen

Right next to it is Haakons Hall (Hakon Hall) built by Håkon Håkonsson between 1247 and 1261 as a royal residence:-

Hakon Hall, Bergen

Gable end:-

Bergen, Hakon Hall

Hakon Hall from west:-

Hakon Hall, Bergen from West

Bergen District Court

The building housing Bergen’s District Court, (Tinhuset, on Tårnplassen 2,) is in that quasi-fascistic official building Art Deco style. Its wiki page says it was designed by Egill Reimers in neoclassical style but to me there are clear elements of Deco in it and it was designed during the 1930s.

Bergen, Art Deco(ish) Building

Its entrance is adorned by stylised figures representing the four cardinal virtues, wisdom, justice, moderation and strength:-

Art Deco Style Figures, Bergen

The pillars are each surmounted by some sort of heraldic beast:-

Art Deco Detailing, Bergen


Deatailing, Art Deco Building, Bergen

Detail; horizontals, verticals, banding, patterned brickwork:-

More Detailing, Art Deco Building, Bergen

I found some better pictures of the court than mine on this flickr account.

More Art Deco Style in Bergen

In this building, most likely quite modern, we have horizontals, verticals, rule of three, and striped banding:-

Bergen Art Deco

Art Deco Building, Bergen

Norconsult building, 6 Valkendorfsgaten, Bergen. Horizontals, verticals, rule of three, banding:-

Bergen, Modern Art Deco

Norconsult building doorway:-

Art Deco Doorway, Bergen

Almost Dutch style Art Decoish building:-

Almost Dutch Style Art Decoish Building, Bergen

More horizontals, verticals and banding, plus decorative touches below some of the windows:-

Art Decoish Building, Bergen

Hints of Art Deco:-

Hints of Art Deco, Bergen

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