Posts tagged ‘Art Deco’

Cathedrals of Industry

If you’ve seen my previous posts, here and here, then you’ll understand where I’m coming from with these shots. The Birkenhead Tunnel Ventilation Station does have a Cathedral like quality and stands opposite Liverpool’s two Cathedrals, one Catholic and one Anglican, which you can just see on the other side of the Mersey on the horizon:

Mersey Tunnel, Ventilation Station, Birkenhead, Wirral, England

Mersey Tunnel, Ventilation Station, Birkenhead, Wirral, England

Mersey Tunnel, Ventilation Station, Birkenhead, Wirral, England

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

Monuments of Industry

This monumental Art Deco style building is one of the ventilation stations for the Birkenhead Tunnel that runs under the River Mersey linking Wirral with Liverpool. The building dates from 1925-34 and houses giant fans that are used to provide fresh air for the tunnel and its branches. It’s main tower is an impressive 210 feet high and it stands in a prominent position right on the river’s edge.

Thank goodness that civil engineers and architects back in the inter-war years cared just as much about form as they did function:

Mersey Tunnel, Ventilation Station, Birkenhead, Wirral, England

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

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