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Talbot House, Talbot Street
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Talbot House was a unique and very fine Art Deco building,  but unfortunately I have no information on who the architects were or a build date. In the 1930's it was the Head Office for the furniture store empire built up by entrepreneur and city benefactor Sir Julian Cahn and until recently was one of the many buildings occupied by Experian.
Its position never did it justice and it would have gained much benefit from a larger plot to show it off. I particularly liked the entrance.  It was very simple but very elegant with lovely scrolled hand rails and lanterns.
The blue panels in the middle of the main windows are a key point of interest and all are different designs as will be seen from the photographs.

I said Talbot House was a unique and very fine Art Deco building, because on my last visit I found that it has now been completely ruined.  The building is being re-developed as student accommodation and will become just a very small part of what will be quite a vast modern complex spanning Talbot Street and Wollaton Street.  When the works started we were told that the Art Deco frontage was to be retained but before long, I discovered that the beautiful lanterns and handrails at the entrance had been removed.  Assurances were given that these will be restored to position but now I find that the tiled roof and small windows just under it have been removed and that an additional floor in the form of an ugly top box has been added.

Sadly we have lost one of the few and one of the best Art Deco buildings in the city and I despair that The City Council Planning Department could have approved the plans for this additional floor.  It totally ruins the integrity of this once beautiful and unique frontage.

The main contractor on the job is Robertson and the architects for the project are Corstorpine + Wright.  Artist impressions of the buildings can be seen on their website:  www.corstorphine-wright.com/projects/talbot-house/

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NB00355.JPG (48911 bytes) NB00354.JPG (146152 bytes) Detail of the reliefs of Greek or Roman Gods and other mythical figures, that run across the frontage
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NB01890.jpg (96334 bytes) NB01891.jpg (113662 bytes) Correspondence re-removal of hand rails and lanterns from the entrance.
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Letter from Councilor Chris Gibson  re-removal of hand rails and lanterns from the entrance.
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NB02231.jpg (227495 bytes) E-Mail from Councilor Chris Gibson  re-removal tiled roof and small windows below it
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