A hidden Gem

This post is about one of my favourite buildings Its a great piece of Art Nouveau.

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This isn’t something you will find mentioned much which is a shame. The ground floor use to be a bank while the upper floors are tenements. There are a couple of odd things about it when it was new in 1900 it must have been just about the cutting edge of fashion. Banks don’t usually have fashionable styling instead going for more solid traditional styles to emphasise their reliability. The other oddity is the location you would expect this to be in one of the wealthier fashionable suburbs but it was built in the middle of a working class area.

The decoration on the building is really well done with the carvings and weathervane being great examples of the style.

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Further down on the buildings are some beautifully designed angels

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The door way to the bank is very elaborate and shows some arts and crafts influence with coats of arms and medieval figures. I also like the colourful decoration round the door.

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Finally one more carving.

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There can’t be many banks with carvings showing someone grasping money.

 

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