Sunday, January 11, 2009

Red Brick Mannerism

Here we have a rather unusual building, which has architectural pretentions, mainly to a Lutyens inspired upper class classicism, or more accurately, mannerist sensibility. It was built, as far as I can discern, in 1913, just before the great war. It has some incredible broken pediments at the entries, and a spare classical vocabulary at the cornices, and even, to some degree, a functionalist expression of the functions of the interior on the exterior - yes, those are real working chimneys and flues on the exterior. It was built as a luxury building with quite ample and even generous, if not ostentatious, accomodation, with an extravagance of interior detailing, and an even bigger luxury for the time, copious provision of bathrooms.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, sorry for my dearth of postings in December and so far in the New Year. I've been gradually catching up with some incomplete postings from last year (see the Courtyards de Luxe for instance). However, I have been taking new photos and up to have some interesting postings up for you in the very near future, so soon as now (this posting) and as soon as today for some others.

And I'll leave you with a springy shot of a gothick building....