HERoNI lecture: Belfast Architecture of the 1930s

PRONI is delighted to host the latest lecture in the Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI) series. Dr Tanja Popplereuter will talk about Belfast architecture of the 1930s. It will take place at PRONI on Friday 24 January 2020 at 1.00 pm.

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Belfast architecture

This talk by Dr Tanja Poppelreuter, lecturer in the History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Salford, Manchester brings to attention the multi-faceted architecture of the 1930s. There was no common architectural style and today the modern architecture of the time is described as Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, Modern, stripped Neo-Classicism, or Constructivism.

This architecture was by no means supported by all and traditional expressions such as ‘Wrenaissance’ or Neo-Georgian prevailed alongside modern ones. Many architects, who embraced modern building methods and aesthetic, started their careers as traditionalists and designed buildings in a range of stylistic expressions.

Belfast architects such as Anthony Lucy, John MacGeagh or the practice Young and Mackenzie would execute modern-style buildings as well as traditional ones. Philip Bell, John McBride Neill and RS Wilshere on the other hand embraced the new architecture and created a range of modern houses, cinemas, and schools that were designed to express the purpose and function of the buildings in a modern way.

Further details about this lecture series can be found on the Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI) promotional leaflet 2019 / 2020.

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