Last summer, I posted about a beautiful Art Deco building in Aberdeen, Rosemount Square. Recently I posted a photo (third one down) that shows three periods of architecture including another Art Deco building. So I thought I would show you a few more while I’m at it. Here is a building that I presume dates from the 1930s, on Union Street. I like the proportion of the middle windows, and the “pleats” in the stonework:
And here is the building that houses something of an Aberdonian institution, Slaters. Slaters is a UK-wide menswear retailer. The joke in Aberdeen is that its name, when pronounced with a local accent and glottal stop, is exactly like the well-used expression that Aberdonians use to bid someone a friendly farewell (s’la:er! = see you later). The building, which predates Slaters itself, carries the date of 1937. I always wonder whether the people who designed and built it had a feeling that a global cataclysm was about to unfold, or whether, like so many people then, they thought it could never happen again.
There are beautiful curved walls of windows extending from either side of the central entrance:
My “Winter Sights” photograph shows the other side of the building, i.e. looking down the street to the left of the entrance.
I’m not a huge fan of 1930s style, but I do appreciate the ideals of natural light and streamlining. I know that many factories were redesigned at this time with walls of windows to let in light for the workers. And the curves, like the horseback beauty on the Rosemount Square building, are very pleasing. I also find it interesting to see that, just as Aberdonians carved granite into curlicues in the 19th century, they brought their mastery to this new style. I do enjoy seeing these graceful granite buildings in a city that’s otherwise very Victorian. There aren’t many of them, and I’m glad they have survived.