Monday, 19 May 2014

The Florence Institute

As part of an assignment last year, myself and two friends composed a presentation about the process of conserving The Florence Institute (The Florrie) in Toxteth, Liverpool. We were given a guided tour by the lovely staff, and all the information we could possibly have asked for.

When completing my dissertation earlier this month, I realised that The Florrie was a perfect case study for my research & was very excited to get to visit again. Denise Bernard, the woman largely responsible for both rounds of successful funding from the HLF, kindly agreed to be interviewed. We had a brilliant chat for nearly an hour & she shared her passion and knowledge about the building. Going back to The Florrie made me remember these photographs that I had taken the first time around, so I wanted to share them here.

This is a sample of some of the lovely tile work still in situ. This particular section hasn't been restored to full shiny, glazed glory, but I still really like it. There's a hint of the patina of age which lends a lot to historic buildings, in my opinion.

An eye-catching stained glass window, equally traditional and modern.

We went right up to the top of the domed tower. Old Boys who used the building used to come up here to see if there were ships coming into dock so they could try to seek out some work. I just sought out this wonderful view. There's something about the echo of the dome's shadow in comparison to the Cathedral that I really like. Mrs Bernard told me she thought the cathedral looked a little like a ship itself from up here, and I have to say I agree. A nice little view of the Radio City Tower in the background there, too.

The detail of the terracotta work is absolutely amazing.

I can't resist a bit of dramatic black and white & I do not apologise for it.

As has been well documented, I love domes! Even domes as small as this one.

These are just a couple of extra snaps I took on my walk around Liverpool. The Walker Art Gallery is one of my favourite places, so I was very happy to capture it with such lovely dying sunlight.

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