Sunday, 22 March 2009

Lift up your eyes 6

Like most cities, some buildings become redundant from their original use and get recycled with another use. Even glitzy modernistic Singapore does this to a small extent but not to the extent we see it in York where we have a centuries old tradition of adapting buildings for different uses. This is a typical example, formerly the Elim Pentecostal Church in Swinegate became a restaurant called the Biltmore Bar and Grill when congregation numbers became unsustainable and the building was sold off. The contrasting brickwork around the doors and windows give the building a grand look when combined with arched brickwork above the door and the arched shape of the large upstairs window.

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