Red & white brick, industrial buildings

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Red & white brick, industrial buildings

Postby glasgowken » Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:40 am

Anyone know anything about the late Victorian industrial style building of red brickwork, with white brick surrounding the doorways, & windows ?
I've noted it was used quite extensively in the old horse tram depots built around that time (hence my interest).

To be clear, I'm talking about the sort of brickwork in the background of this photo.
http://glasgowtransport.co.uk/GTOC_crownpoint_depot.jpg

I was wondering if this brickwork style has a name, and was it developed by a certain architect, or did it just evolve by chance ?

And, any photos ? From memory I can only recall the wee bit around the Dowanside Lane area, but there must be a lot of it still about. To my mind it's one of the most attractive styles.
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Postby Fossil » Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:25 am

got a few Gk will look them out
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Postby glasgowken » Tue Jun 06, 2006 8:48 pm

Cheers Fossil :)
I meant to take a few photos of the brickwork in Dowanside Lane, but forgot all about it.
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Postby KonstantinL » Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:17 am

There's an old building just up the hill from the McDonalds on Finnieston Street in that style.

I see they built new homes just across the road so no doubt it will be demolished soon...
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Postby dazza » Wed Jun 07, 2006 12:43 pm

KonstantinL wrote:There's an old building just up the hill from the McDonalds on Finnieston Street in that style.

I see they built new homes just across the road so no doubt it will be demolished soon...


Yeah, that's the old Anderston Brass Foundry on Elliot Street. There's also some examples out in Tradeston.
The style of brickwork is called 'polychrome'.
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Postby glasgowken » Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:24 pm

dazzababes wrote:The style of brickwork is called 'polychrome'.


Where does the name come from ?
Fossil, have you dug out your photies yet ? :)
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Postby crusty_bint » Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:54 pm

The name comes from the latin for "many colours". The reason why there are so many structures using the same style of brickworks, and indeed the same types of brick is probably down to nothing more than cost. That is that there was probaly someone, somewhere producing these good quality (almost engineering quality in most cases) bricks en masse, and selling them cheap and in bulk to the companies such as the railways and profiting handsomely from the building boom that happens when you have to construct a railway and all its goods and services buildings. The boom in industry as a whole during, lets just call it, the Victorian era probably helped too with the construction of large chimney stacks all over the country needing a plentiful supply of bricks.

Must have had coming out thier ears in them days.
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Postby glasgowken » Sun Jun 11, 2006 11:09 pm

Indeed, it must amount to many tens of millions 8O
Don't know if it's just the charm of age, but I can't think of any recently built brick buildings that I actually like. The white brick window surrounds added a lot of interest to what were very simple buildings.
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Postby HollowHorn » Sun Jun 11, 2006 11:35 pm

glasgowken wrote:but I can't think of any recently built brick buildings that I actually like.

Modern brick buildings tend to "weep" a white stain after only a few years. It is very unsightly and gets right on my nipple ends into the bargain.
(not the white stain, of course)
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Postby Sydney Rosewater » Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:40 pm

There's a top quality example in French Street. Red, white, puple.

And of course the templeton Factory doon at the green.
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Postby glasgowken » Tue Jun 20, 2006 4:22 am

This is a nice example, it's on Fielden Street. Hope it survives for a while yet.

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Postby Fossil » Tue Jun 20, 2006 4:36 pm

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Postby glasgowken » Wed Jun 21, 2006 5:14 am

Nice pic Fossil, modern brickwork just doesn't have the charm :-)

I seem to be noticing these everywhere now, there's a great example on the west bank of the Kelvin, just south of Kelvinbridge. I'll try and remember to get a pic.
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Postby glasgowken » Fri Jul 07, 2006 6:37 pm

Another red & white brick building, in my fav style. A bit grubby this one. Just off Tobago Street, Calton, it's the only surviving part of Blackfaulds Horse Tram Depot, circa 1883 ish.

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Postby viceroy » Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:06 pm

A couple of fine examples on Milnpark St. in Kinning Park

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This was formerly the office block of the Kinning Park Colour Works, built around 1895 for Hird, Hastie & Co. Ltd., paint and colour manufacturers.

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The building on the left was originally the Kingston Engine Works, founded around 1866 by Smith Bros, engineers and ironfounders, and probably rebuilt around 1873. It now forms part of the News International complex round the corner in Portman St. The building on the right was the office block belonging to the engine works.
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