Leighton House on the edge of Holland Park in London is a facinating museum. It was the home and studio of Fredrick Lord Leighton for 30 years and is packed with detail and fine paintings. This drawing from the street outside shows the ‘Arab Hall’ added in an extension of 1877. Inside this is covered in mosaics and has a fountain at the centre. It is a very special place and well worth a visit
The Imperial War Museum London. Built in 1812-15, it was the third location for the Bethlehem Hospital for the Insane (’Bedlam’- Europe’s oldest extant psychiatric hospital ). It was extended in the 1840′s when the portico with its tall Ionic pillars was added. The cupola originally housed a chapel. The building became the Imperial War Museum c.1936 and was partially rebuilt following bomb damage in World War 2. It is an impressive building within its park in a context of small Victorian terraces. Worth a visit.
Looking forward to Conservation Without Frontiers, starting today with a look at Donegal's vernacular architecture
Downstream to Derry~Londonderry,- the port from which Strabane’s goods were exported in the nineteenth century.
50. New Connections- Foot and cycle bridge, Strabane
Opened in 2016, the foot and cycle bridge picks up this challenge and brings modern civic architecture to the other end of town. Developed from an international competition held in 2006, it is supposed to be the first of two such bridges. Whether resources can be found for the second bridge or not, the ambition of current city fathers to bring modern quality investment to the town is very clear. Strabane and the surrounding area however, have much quality already, The key will be to manage this and new development well to make the most of future opportunities.
Marks of Time
Sketches of buildings in the North West of Ireland and further afield with a little information about their history.