Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
I see on the We Love Woolwich that the building is earmarked for demolition by Greenwich Council to make way for the Woolwich Triangle re-development.
I hate to see a building like this demolished when it could become a landmark feature of the redevelopment and provide a tanigible link to the past use of the site.
Please sign the online petition to Save the Woolwich Co-Op building and hopefully we will see this beautiful building occupied and operational again.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The astounding thing about this room is that Eugene Beaudouin had the walls and ceiling covered with white birch bark giving the room an alternate name and creating the effect shown below.
Monday, October 26, 2009
It became a hotel towards the end of WWII when in the mid 1930s the Shrine Organisation were not been able to keep the building due to the affects of the 1929 Stock Market crash and it was used for various purposes during the intervening years.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The house is constructed from concrete blocks but unlike some of Wright's concrete block houses in Los Angeles, Westhope has large expanses of glass and has a very bright and airy feeling inside.
In particular I love the stepped glass nook that Wright has created in the windows shown from outside in the photo at the top of this post and then from inside in the final picture.
Tulsa Preservation Commission
Galen R Frysinger
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The building was designed by Russell Pancoast who was a grandson of Miami Beach pioneer John A Collins.
In the 1960s the City of Miami Beach accepted the at collection of John and Johanna Bass and the Bass Museum of Art was established.
The building includes decoration featuring seabirds such as this panel with a pelican and a series of 3 seagulls at each corner.
Friday, October 23, 2009
This absolutely fabulous Art Deco block of flats is Glen Alpine in the Cape Suburb of Vredehoek.
Dating from 1939, Glen Alpine was designed by architect Dawood Jacobs.
The location is spectacular, in the foothills of Table Mountain overlooking downtown Cape Town.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tim Morawetz in his excellent book Art Deco Architecture in Toronto describes the Garden Court apartments as "arguably Canada's finest example of low-rise, multi-unit housing built in the Streamlined Moderne style".
The complex consists of two and three storey blocks surrounding a central courtyard. The buildings were designed by Page and Steele and the landscaping was developed by H B Dunnington-Grubb.
Monday, October 19, 2009
George Coles designed this fabulous Egyptian Temple which was constructed in North London in 1930.
It is the Grade II Listed former Carlton Cinema in Islington. In recent years it has been a bingo hall but was closed in March 2007.
In May 2007, the Islington Gazette reported that the interior had been trashed by hundreds of ravers who partied "like wild animals" during a 24-hour bender of drink, dance music and destruction.
Last month, theIslington Gazette again reported on the fate of the former Carlton cinema.
Newly-founded evangelical church Resurrection Manifestations wants to restore the 2,300-capacity building as a conference centre, cinema and community venue.
The church bought the building in 2007 and will build a contemporary seven-storey block of 44 flats at the back of the site to help pay for the work. Representatives of the church are quoted as wanting to return the building to its former glory.
This looks like a great compromise and plans for the redevelopment are due before Islington Council in December 2009.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
This is the dining room with its fresco painted walls by Alfred Courmes. The painting was completed between 1937-39 when the embassy was under construction.
Friday, October 16, 2009
This is the Ambassador's Office which I visited with a few of closest friends.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Nedlands Tennis Club was formed in 1925 with their current clubhouse dating from 1938.
The Assessment Document for the Heritage Council of Western Australia Register of Heritage Places lists Adelaide-born architect Harold Krantz as the designer of this fine interwar sports pavillion.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
This squat horizontal building is Gibb & Miller Ltd Engineers in Port Adelaide.
I can't imagine that the narrow band of windows along the front of the building let in much, if any, light but no doubt there would be windows in the roof to provide light.
The perfectly proportioned lettering spelling out the company name adds to the simplicity of the facade but my favourite is the metal "GM" monogram above the entrance.
Friday, October 9, 2009
The former Guildford Town Hall is a fabulous Art Deco building dating from 1938.
Now included as part of the City of Swan it is no longer required as a Town Hall but it has been retained for functions and other events.
The Guildford Town Hall is charactised by the lack of decoration with the only elements being the name in stylised Art Deco lettering on the semi-circular portico and the coats of arms featuring a large anchor at the top of the tower.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
It givs me an excuse to dust off my old photos of Unity Temple (from 2001) and show them here.
I am pleased to see that there is a certain overlap between the photos at designslinger and the ones I shot however I am sorry I missed the angle that opens their blog post. For me it sums one of the best aspects of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, the interplay and levels of the various rooflines he works into his designs. Pop over and have a look at their photo, it is a beauty.
Now back to my photos.Hollyhock House in Los Angeles which Wright designed for Aline Barnsdale in 1921.
The photos also show one of the main problems with early concrete buildings with damage clearly visible in each of the two main pictures. The Unity Temple Restoration Fund are working to maintain and restore the building.
The interior of Unity Temple is one of those views in modern architecture which everyone should see. So detailed and warm compared to the exterior. Yet the decoration is still made up of very simple geometric shapes.
Of course, being a FLLW building, there is lots of stained glass windows as well.