I snapped this building on a weekend trip to Blackpool in 2001 and that is all I know about it. At the time it was home to the Creative Nail Academy but certainly had a different purpose when it was first built.
Perhaps a clue to the building's former use are the fasces which decorate the corners at the 3rd storey.
The fasces, an ancient Roman symbol for power, was adopted by the Italian facists during the 20s & 30s leading up to WWII which has somewhat soured this symbol to modern eyes.
No doubt there is an interesting story behind why a building in Blackpool dating from this time has these fasces as part of the decoration.
MELBOURNE ART DECO
In 2009 Robin Grow published a book on Melbourne Art Deco, with images largely supplied by David Thompson. The book quickly sold out and he is pleased to say that it has now been re-published by Brolga Press, with updates, errors corrected and a new cover.
Best of all, it is selling for about $25 in the shops and on-line. Art Deco & Modernism Society members can purchase a copy from me for $22, (includes postage within Australia). For overseas orders please email for postage rates. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.