When thinking about Ornate buildings – I often think of those grandiose buildings left behind and left standing till somebody comes and turns them into flats or apartment blocks – there are a number of buildings like this in Manchester – and more recently in Salford, majestic buildings of the 1950s and 1960s left abandoned in the name of progress. Soon to be turned into posh apartments for the great and good.
There are of course, exceptions to the rule.
Town Halls up and down the country seem to be being rapidly restoring old buildings as “Heritage” becomes the buzzword of the day.
Typical examples include Manchesters Art Gallery – Home of the Portico Library in the 1800s and still there today.
University of Salford’s Peel Building – Centred in Peel Park, opposite the Art Gallery and containing many period features
Liverpools Liver Building – with its Ornate mouldings and Signature Liver Birds
The picture is of Imperial War Museum in London…Chosen for its period features and definitely Ornate in character. The first thing that grabbed me was not the heavy pounding guns at the front of the museum, but the delicate decoration on the museums domed roof.