At a time when government seems to be relying more on old-fashioned philanthropy to keep services running, rather exert itself to help, I was intrigued to see this building in East London recently.
Passmore Edwards was a philanthropist of the 1890s and 1900s whose other endowments include the library that is now part of the Bush Theatre in West London. In the new century, he endowed this mock Tudor gatehouse to be a place of rest for international sailors staying in London on leave.
Poignantly the project, opened by the Kaiser and Edward VII, fell through when WW1 broke out. But the building remains, and more can be read about it here and here.
Looking forward to being here soon.
The out of season “June Roses” by Kavel. Syrup to the highest degree – I couldn’t live with it – but very pretty.
Whatever is expected from Brussels, it wasn’t this much Art Nouveau, although thinking about it as the outpouring of a very new nation completely made sense in retrospect.
Satisfyingly, I was gorging on this at exactly the same time as reading the pre-WW1 Belgian and Paris chapters of Stefan Zweig’s memoir, The World of Yesterday.
all photos April 2016.
Kallio church, Helsinki. Photo April 2016.