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    Some buildings (The Palace is definitely one) are 100% Art Deco; I mean this in as much as a fool could tell straight away.


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    Some, though are (certainly for me) a little bit harder to determine. Such as the one below. I'm 70% sure this is Art Deco, but one of our 'experts' may correct me.


    Wallasey Road, Liscard.

    This is another one I see every day but know nothing about. I've never read anything about this building, but I feel it may have been built for the gas / electric board. I'm pretty sure one of them had a showroom on the ground floor in the 90s. Probably the wrong side of the water for most of you

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    Yes you are right, it was the gas showrooms in the late 60's-70's.

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    I'd say that one in Liscard Village is art-decoish (if such a term exists).
    Because it's obviously 1930s, there is an art deco influence.
    I took photos of it, intending to post in this thread, but you've beaten me to it, Ross.

    I've looked up the Palace, and it just says (vaguely) that it was built before the outbreak of war, and was used as an American Army Depot during the war.
    For some reason, I keep thinking of 1938 when I think of the Palace.

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    Not sure if i've put this one up before from the book Streets of Liverpool, pic by J. Parkinson but shows London Road at full throttle.






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    Napier city in New Zealand was flattened by an earthquake in the 30's, the whole town was rebuilt in this era and is known as the art deco capital of the world due to all the buildings that were built, i've been there quite a few times and it is a lovely place to visit

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    Anybody heard when work on the Littlewoods building will start? Nothing seems to have happened yet.

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    I'm starting a photographic study of art-deco in Liverpool, there's a lot of crossover between it and neo-classical too... look at the building on Church Street being made into Keys Court, or Primark or the building John Lewis' used to be in, or the Sayers on Church Street. They all have elements of both neo-classical and art-deco. I have a feeling the Adelphi falls into this bracket as well.

    Has anyone mentioned the Birkenhead Tunnel entrace yet, I know the shafts have been mentioned... there is also the Futurist Cinema on Lime Street, the Royal Court Theatre, Blackburne Chambers at the top of Dale Street and the Ship and Mitre pub on Dale Street

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    Still no Littlewoods action and probably won't be for a while,it seems the credit crunch has put the skids under Urban Splash and they've had to downsize and put projects on hold. Grr.

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    I just thought I'd revive this thread with some photos of the Palace in New Brighton...

    It's one of my favourite Art Deco buildings and quite a significant one, I would say. The building houses a funfair and indoor arcade run by the Wilkie family.











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    Some fantastic pictures thanks! This thread started with the Littlewood building in Edge Lane. I pass there every day, and there doesn't appear to be anything happening. The building looks more and more in disrepair as the weeks go by. Anyone got any info on progress?

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    Quote Originally Posted by burkhilly View Post
    Some fantastic pictures thanks! This thread started with the Littlewood building in Edge Lane. I pass there every day, and there doesn't appear to be anything happening. The building looks more and more in disrepair as the weeks go by. Anyone got any info on progress?
    Agreed. It's looking worse all the time... I imagine development is on hold with the recession...
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    Default Some More Deco...

    Here are a couple of photos from Seacombe Ferry Terminal, another great building on the Wirral...


    The terminal building is very similar to the Art Deco shopping parades around Liverpool - such as at Dovecot and Broadway, Norris Green.

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    There are two bees carved into the Trueman Street side of this building - can anyone explain how this came about? They look very modern, and not at all like the rest of the building

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    I lived there for years and can't say I even noticed them This will keep us 'busy' trying to find out
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    Quote Originally Posted by tpoo22 View Post
    There are two bees carved into the Trueman Street side of this building - can anyone explain how this came about? They look very modern, and not at all like the rest of the building
    The bee is the symbol of Blackburn.


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    Well in Philip and glad you see your post.
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    Martins Bank Building and India Building both under construction - both Herbert J. Rowse buildings as was the Philharmonic and the Mersey Tunnel fascias and Ventilation shafts. He was a busy chappie in the 20s and 30s in Liverpool.



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    Look at the large office building erected in the 40 years to WW2, it was astonishing. Then after WW2. Nothing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    Look at the large office building erected in the 40 years to WW2, it was astonishing. Then after WW2. Nothing!
    They even took some we already had,such as the building that stood behind Municipal buildings!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    They even took some we already had,such as the building that stood behind Municipal buildings!
    I've always wondered about that.
    That building was mysteriously called Government Buildings, and (apart from the GPO, another Government building) was the only building in that part of Liverpool to be bombed so badly it had to be demolished.
    And the site has only been used as a car park ever since.
    Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Sharples View Post
    I've always wondered about that.
    That building was mysteriously called Government Buildings, and (apart from the GPO, another Government building) was the only building in that part of Liverpool to be bombed so badly it had to be demolished.
    And the site has only been used as a car park ever since.
    Why?
    I've got a pic' somewhere,of that building,and though it was burnt out,like the customs house, it was structurally sound!(that's what I've read,anyway!)Just part of Liverpool's decline,at least in government eye's!

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    I love this buliding. We've had the ventilation tower posted before, but here's some I took the other day.
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    There must be lots of art-deco on the cimema threads as well?
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    Regarding posts 141 and 142 on this page.

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    For another hidden Art Deco treasure, check out St Monica's, Fernhill Road, Bootle. 3 Angels on outside. I got a bit lost in the area today, and had to pull over to admire the building. Sorry, haven't got any photos, but you can easily find them online.
    Architect was Francies Xavier VELARDE, who also did St Matthew's in Clubmoor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCCB View Post
    For another hidden Art Deco treasure, check out St Monica's, Fernhill Road, Bootle. 3 Angels on outside. I got a bit lost in the area today, and had to pull over to admire the building. Sorry, haven't got any photos, but you can easily find them online.
    Architect was Francies Xavier VELARDE, who also did St Matthew's in Clubmoor.
    They are both lovely churches. St Monicas is really an impressive building, and St Mathews I love the tower.

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    Art Deco could be accused of being bland with what had gone before but it is very distinctive.

    Here is my tame effort of the current subject.



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    I love St Monicas. There's something about it that makes you just want to stand and stare up at it. It must be the dimensions.
    We have a lovely art deco church in Anfield (St Columba) http://www.ship-of-fools.com/mystery/2007/1425.html
    it's a handsome looking church, but St Monicas is more impressive in size.

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    Any photos anywhere of the shop F.G. Thomas in Bold Street. They moved in the late 60's. It was a heraldic stationers and had a department for wedding invitations, wedding cake decorations (some in sterling silver) Wedding napkins, tablecloths, everything you needed but very expensive.
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