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  • Originally posted by pilotdane View Post
    I love the exhaust sticking from what appears to be rock. The concrete is so old it looks almost natural.
    Thank you Dane... I have no idea how old this bunker is, but I would suspect it's from the war (WW2). There is a deep hall going inwards into the mountain there, but it was awfully dark and smelly, so I didn't dare continuing into the darkness. "Don't go into the darkness.... turn around, and head for the light!..."
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    • The Fairmile Inn, Edinburgh

      I’ve been meaning to take some photographs of this abandoned building for a while, and eventually got round to doing so!



      The Hillburn Roadhouse, later renamed the Fairmile Inn, dates from 1938, and has some elements of the 1930’s architecture typical of fashionable roadhouses of the pre-war years. These were located on the outskirts of cities and originally intended to be somewhere to drive out to.

      In more recent decades it was a pub, restaurant and function room, and for a while was the venue for a traditional jazz club.

      In the 1980’s the city by pass was constructed immediately behind the building, perhaps making its location less appealing. In 2003, plans to demolish it and build a block of flats on the site was turned down as being “inappropriate” and “not contributing to the character of the area”. It was finally closed and boarded up in 2007.

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          • WOW!!!
            Great, Cecilia!!! When I look at the building and signs, I get a "Poirot-feeling".
            The architecture remind me of a building we had here in Kristiansund once..., the 'Rundhuset' (Round House) containing a bar, restaurant and dancefloor.
            The 'Rundhuset' here in my city is demolished a long time ago, giving way to the new technical and navigation school.

            Here you can see the 'Rundhuset' (which also have a Facebook group) east of the old navigation school


            There you see, taking pictures of old buildings also bring back old and good memories
            "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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            • What a fascinating post Sterkoder.
              Tell me, had the Rundhuset bar restaurant become unused and empty for a while before it was demolished and the site used for the new navigation school?
              This style of architecture with its white walls, metal window frames and areas of flat roofing tends to need a lot of care and upkeep, and it is not surprising that many empty buildings soon reached the state of demolition rather than restoration being the preferred option.

              But there is a notable example of a roadhouse in marvellous Art Deco style on the west side of Edinburgh which has been restored and is now a casino; I will take a photo when next out in that direction (actually I passed it last Thursday but never thought of taking a “restored” photo to contrast with the “abandoned” one.
              EDIT:- photos now posted in the Building architectural thread.

              This train of thought has also led me to remember some photos I took in Oslo in 2007 (just before embarking on Fram’s maiden voyage) of the Ekeberg Restaurant which dates from around 1929/30. I believe it was in a state of decay by the late 90’s before being restored and reopened.
              Last edited by Seagull; April 14th, 2011, 12:12.

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              • what a nice building Cecilia,pitty that it is abandoned.
                i would say lift it up and transport it to a nice place near the coast.
                people love to go to the sea,and take a refresment in a restaurant or snackbar.

                now it is counting the days before they dismolished it
                best regards Thijs

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                • Tell me, had the Rundhuset bar restaurant become unused and empty for a while before it was demolished and the site used for the new navigation school?
                  You are quite correct, Cecilia.
                  Before, in the old times up to about early 70's it was used every day by local bands, youth clubs and others.
                  In the week-ends there were parties with live music and in the 50's and 60's there were also dance outdoor with live music throughout the summertime.
                  In the picture I posted you can also see some white houses/sheds in a horseshoe formation between the 'Rundhuset' and the navigation school to the right.
                  These sheds and the space in front were used as lottery booths and housing for small summertime tivolies and such.
                  Then people got other places to go, the young people got other patterns in life, the youth clubs were put down and so on, and so on.
                  The house and the need for it simply died a natural death..., so to speak.
                  'Rundhuset' just stood there unused and unattended a few years before they documented it and tore it down....
                  Last edited by Sterkoder; April 9th, 2011, 18:16.
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                  • Thank you Lady C for that last building which you showed us!

                    The building reminds me of a light 'art deco' style... would I be correct?

                    When I drove to Molde last week to attend the SafetyConference, I saw a very high number of abandoned buildings along the roads.... had I had much more time, I would have tried photographing them all. A project for later maybe?
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                    • Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                      ....The building reminds me of a light 'art deco' style... would I be correct? ....
                      Yes that is correct, but as you say light touches in this case –just wait until I have got across town to photograph the other roadhouse I mentioned that has been restored – it is a much grander example of the Art Deco style.
                      EDIT:- I went out specially yesterday and a couple of photos have now been posted in the Building architectural thread.
                      Last edited by Seagull; April 14th, 2011, 12:16.

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                      • The old stables of Comiston House, Edinburgh.

                        Last week when the weather had become a little more spring-like I went a walk along a path which, although in a suburban area of Edinburgh, seems quite rural in places. It continues along a route that has associations with the writer Robert Louis Stevenson, where (astonishingly considering all the years I’ve lived here) I had never been before!

                        I came to a junction with another path disappearing into some trees to the left, and, intrigued by the remains of a gate, turned off my intended route.

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                        • I was rewarded with an “abandoned property” for this thread!





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                          • I’ve now found out a little of the history of the building I came across. It was a stable block belonging to Comiston House which dates from 1815.
                            The land between it and the house is now a modern housing development, with the house itself having been converted into apartments after being a hotel for some years.
                            In later times the stables were used as used as club premises for the Fairmilehead Home Guard who for a while after WWII had continued to meet as a social and snooker club. As membership diminished, the club premises were reported as having been up for sale, but today remain apparently abandoned and bricked up. They are likely to remain that way as the nearby new housing has left the old stables without a route for vehicular access.

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                            • The tower at the corner of the courtyard, part of a previous castle, dates from 16th-17th century, and was once part of Old Comiston House (largely demolished when the present Comiston House was built) and used as a dovecote.



                              The gate I first saw that led me here was the back gate of Comiston House. It is mentioned by Robert Louis Stevenson in connection with a sighting of a ghost of “a lady in white”! I hope that is spooky enough for you!

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                              • Fascinating! Very fascinating. Thank you so much for the new images Lady C!

                                I love this thread so much and I wish I could also contribute so much more, but some of these buildings are hard to find.

                                I know of one at Lade, but a very scary looking fence around it screams at me to stay away (and get closer).... maybe during easter when there is not so many people around?
                                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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