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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Sweeping past an old building

The Hoover Building in Perrivale is one of the most famous Art Deco buildings in the UK. But because of where it is, right on the Western edge, quite a lot of people will never have the chance to see it. So, I thought I'd take a photo for you as I went past on my way to Warwick tonight, and here it is. What is it used for these day? A supermarket.

posted by Ham at 00:59 -- Comments here: 9

Comments on "Sweeping past an old building"


Blogger julia said ... (01:33) : 

A supermarket? That's disgusting - they can at least make it something useful - like a detention center! (ooops, wrong Hoover in American history)


Blogger mea said ... (02:30) : 

I say kudos to people bringing new life to old buildings! It's certainly better than letting them go to waste or tearing them down.


Blogger Nicola said ... (09:35) : 

Interesting building though the green light makes it look a bit spooky, no?


Blogger Michael said ... (12:23) : 

And which Hoover IS this? The vacumn cleaner?


Blogger Sam said ... (14:10) : 

Gorgeous building. Thank goodness they didn't tear it down.
What is it, a Tescos now? LOL


Blogger Philipp said ... (17:12) : 

Interesting building- the green light gives it a gloomy atmosphere!


Blogger Denton said ... (18:49) : 

I also applaud those who renovate older buildings.


Blogger Ham said ... (20:28) : 

Julia - lol. The one thing for sure is that we haven't got any manufacturing plant capable of filling it. How about a call centre?

mea - this part of London used to have quite a few intereting buildings, their value was only realised too late. This one is protected now (listed) so is relatively safe.

nicola, philipp - Interestingly, poking around for this post I discovered that the floodlighting was part of the original design. It does look kind of spooky taken out of context, but probably because of the size of the building (lagrge!) it looks god in the brick.(flesh, for buildings)

michael - sure is. I went for years thinking Hoover was a british company!

Sam, Denton - at one point this building was loking very shabby, but has been perfectly restored.


Blogger Nuno said ... (23:41) : 

At least donĀ“t have neon signs outside


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