Monday 20 October 2008

Margate: places of interest

Margate has it's fair share of interesting buildings; the 60's tower block right on the sea front, dreamlands art deco amusement park (see van photos), etc etc but here are a few of my missed classics;
a late victorian shop front with curved glass display windows leading to entrance door.
currently being converted from a shop into flats so this shop front might not even be there anymore?
below the curved glass panels were carved wooden signs with gold gilt text covered in back-painted glass- i found one of these (without the glass) it read 'perfumery' and now it currently hangs in 'the dog and wardrobe' - a friends vintage furniture shop/design service in broadway market, london. i rarely find shop fronts as nice as this one anymore and i would love to have been able to salvage the entire frontage.

around the corner is a very small shop to let that looks like it was built on the front of a victorian garage/workshop. i guess that dog grooming isn't very popular in margate...

...but more importantly this little shop stands in the side alley of my favorite warehouse in margate. great overall proportions and wooden signage. it still appears to be used by the original owners who trade from the main warehouse floors (shippers/removals/storage) with a small office in one of the 3 ground floor units, i can remember the other 2 ground floor units used as shops a few years back but they are both boarded up now. the building looks rather run down and i worry about it's future as i don't think there is much call for warehouse loft apartments in margate.

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