Saturday, April 30, 2016

Kensington Roof Gardens

Kensington Roof Gardens, Kensington High Street, London
Kensington Roof Gardens
Derry Street, off Kensington High Street
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
London, September 2015

“The Roof Gardens (formerly known as Derry and Toms Roof Gardens and Kensington Roof Gardens) is a roof garden covering 6,000 m2 (1.5 acres) on top of the former Derry and Toms building on Kensington High Street, in central London, in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. They have for a long time been the largest roof garden in Europe, but was surpassed by the roof garden on the shopping mall Emporia in 2012. Facilities include a restaurant and club.”

Friday, April 29, 2016

Piazza Banchi

Chiesa di San Pietro in Banchi, church of Saint Peter in Banchi, Piazza Banchi, Genoa
Chiesa di San Pietro in Banchi (Church of Saint Peter in Banchi), 1585
Piazza Banchi, Quartiere del Molo
Genoa, April 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rue du Mont-Cenis

Bas-reliefs on the façade, 19 rue du Mont-Cenis, Paris
Bas-reliefs on the façade, 19 rue du Mont-Cenis
Quartier de Clignancourt, 18e arrondissement
Paris, July 2008

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lion of Saint Lawrence

One of the two lions by Carlo Rubatto, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Piazza San Lorenzo, Genoa
One of the two lions by Carlo Rubatto, 1840
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo (Cathedral of Saint Lawrence)
Piazza San Lorenzo
Genoa, April 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Southbank House

Southbank House, Black Prince Road, Vauxhall, Lambeth, London
Southbank House, by Robert Stark Wilkinson
Formerly one of the Doulton Pottery Buildings
Black Prince Road, Vauxhall, Lambeth
London, September 2015

“Roger Dixon and Stefan Muthesius call the Doulton pottery complex, as it originally stood, ‘one of the most comprehensive commercial establishments in any city" and, like Gavin Stamp, say that its slender 233' high factory chimney to the right was "a slim version of the campanile of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence’ (135). It is thought to have been suggested by Ruskin himself. These Thames-side buildings with their prominent give-away chimney were targeted in World War II, gutted during air raids and demolished in the 1950s. Royal Doulton moved its operations to Stoke-on-Trent in 1856. It is sad that most of Doulton's London pottery premises were lost, but lucky that at least one building remains to give us some idea of what an impressive landmark they must have made.”
(Southbank House, The Victorian Web)

Monday, April 25, 2016

San Francesco Saverio alla Garbatella

Dome of the church of San Francesco Saverio alla Garbatella, Garbatella, Rome
Church of San Francesco Saverio alla Garbatella
By Alberto Calza Bini, 1933
Via Daniele Comboni, Garbatella
Rome, April 2013

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Monument to Francis Garnier

Monument to Francis Garnier by Denys Puech, Place Camille-Jullian, Paris
Monument to Francis Garnier by Denys Puech, 1898
Place Camille-Jullian
Quartier Notre-Dame-des-Champs, 6e arrondissement
Paris, July 2002

“On 21 December 1873 Liu Yongfu and around 600 Black Flags, marching beneath an enormous black banner, approached the west gate of Hanoi. A large Vietnamese army followed in their wake. Garnier began shelling the Black Flags with a field piece mounted above the gate, and when they began to fall back he led a party of 18 French marine infantrymen out of the city to chase them away. The attack failed. Garnier, leading three men uphill in a bayonet attack on a party of Black Flags, was stabbed and hacked to death by several Black Flag soldiers after stumbling in a watercourse.”
(Francis Garnier, Wikipedia)