Architectural conservation

Rye – the quaint medieval town

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Before booking my day trip to Rye, I actually knew very little about this town. My intention was to visit Dungeness, so Rye was not my destination. But after spending most of the day in Dungeness, I had some spare time and I decided to explore the town before heading home.
 

 

 
Walking [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Architecture, Travel, Britain, Architectural conservation, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, heritage, sunset, Rye, cafe


Open house 17: Hampstead garden suburb

Posted on September 22, 2017 by Toothpicker

Free church and Central square
 
I have long wanted to explore the Hampstead Garden Suburb, and so I was quite excited when I saw a guided walk of the area listed on Open House London. With the housing crisis in London worsening, it is time to review what went wrong and examine ideas [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, British heritage and was tagged with London, architecture, open house, heritage, Hampstead garden suburbs, arts & crafts movements


A tour of the endangered Hornsey Town Hall

Posted on October 23, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Art Deco Hornsey Town Hall is a landmark building in Crounch End
 
Recently, the Grade II* listed 1930s Art Deco building Hornsey town hall in Crouch End has received much media attention due to Haringey council's plans to turn part of the building into a boutique luxury hotel developed by a Hong [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Modernist design, British heritage and was tagged with London, British design, heritage, art deco architecture, Architectural conservation, modernist architecture, Hornsey town hall, Crouch End


What the heck happened to Newburgh?

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Toothpicker

The derelict Greek Revival style Dutch Reformed Church was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in 1835
 
The fate of a city often resembles the life cycle of a person. A city may experience prosperity for a few decades/ centuries; but one day, it may be destroyed due to wars or natural disasters, or [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, New York, Social issues, Architectural conservation, gentrification and was tagged with architecture, New York, heritage, Architectural conservation, gentrification, Newburgh


Brighton Festival 2016

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Toothpicker

Top: Brighton railway station, built in 1840; Bottom: Brighton from the train
 
It has been a while since I have visited Brighton, and the annual Brighton Festival (6th - 28th May) gave me a perfect excuse to revisit this popular coastal city.
The trick to train travel in the UK is to book as [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Britain, Architectural conservation, Modernist & Art Deco, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with art deco architecture, theatre, Art festival, modernist architecture, Brighton


Middleport – The last working Victorian pottery factory

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

  
Trent & Mersey canal
 
I had pre-booked a guided factory tour at the last working Victorian pottery factory – Middleport pottery factory the morning after my visit to the British Ceramics Biennial. I decided to take a scenic route (also recommended by the B & B owner) along the Trent [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Britain, Architectural conservation, Design, ceramics & potteries, British heritage and was tagged with British design, heritage, traditional crafts, Stoke on Trent, ceramics & potteries, Middleport pottery factory, England's canals


Open House London 2015

Posted on September 24, 2015 by Toothpicker

Over the years, I have witnessed how Open House London evolved from a relatively low-key architecture event to a major and extremely popular one. Although it is encouraging to see the public's growing interests in architecture, it is also frustrating because advanced bookings are filled up quickly and long queues are common [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco and was tagged with London, architecture, open house, British design, art deco architecture, Architectural conservation, modernist architecture, social housing


The Crossness Pumping Station

Posted on September 15, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
I love historical places and architecture that offer insights into the past. In London, there are never shortages of heritage buildings with significant importance; in fact, there are so many that we often forget their existence until the annual Open House weekend!
I enjoy visiting hidden gems all year round, hence when [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, British heritage and was tagged with London, British design, heritage, Architectural conservation


Hampstead's Modernist gem: Isokon gallery

Posted on September 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
Earlier in the year I wrote an entry on Hampstead's Modernist architecture, and I mentioned the Isokon gallery which opens only in the weekends from March until October.
I finally made another visit to this Grade I listed iconic building on a sunny and warm day (notice the contrast of the photos taken [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Modernist design and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, British design, Architectural conservation, modernist architecture, Hampstead


The Mackintosh trail in Glasgow

Posted on August 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mackintosh architecture exhibition at RIBA London

 
Back in May I visited the Mackintosh architecture exhibition at the RIBA, which coincided with my Glasgow trip a month later. I have long wanted to visit Glasgow and buildings designed by the renowned Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (I am gutted that [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Travel, Architectural conservation, Design, Glasgow, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, British design, Glasgow, Charles Rennie Mackintosh


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