Photo-a-Day (Tuesday, 29th October, 2013)
Finally the façade has gone, what next?
I suppose it is progress that makes car parks like this....unless the building was unsafe...thanks for the picture Thomas...cheers!!!
Should have done this years ago
interesting buildings that you tend not to look at properly when just walking by.i remember an American shop being there back in the 80s. I wonder what the plaque says?
Is it for anybody? Is it free?
Much better now the eyesore has gone!
Once blessing is the improved view of Alfred Waterhouse's Library. It was built in 1878, at the same time as his major London work, the Natural History Museum, was being built. Quite a contrast in scale. But I also think that this view raises some questions. For the time in his career when it was built, it actually looks quite amateurish - those windows ascending from right to left may look okay as you go up the staircase within, but I think they look rather primitive from outside, now that you can see them against the rest of this elevation.
Perhaps he'd given the commission to a junior in the practice whilst he got on with the really important stuff he had in hand.
The building next door is more obviously a former chapel ("Christian Meeting House", the stone plate says) when seen full-on like this.
So the council got what they wanted then !
I wonder if the council also got what they wanted, when they sold it to the offshore developer in the 90's !
Councils usually do. The chapels in Ince Cemetery probably next to go.
Why do these "new" buildings alawys look so dreary?