Driving into Morecambe along Central Drive, just before we pass the former Promenade Railway Station, I catch the first glimpse of the glorious Midland Hotel. Unlike the last time I was in Morecambe (you can read about it here), I came prepared. The second the car engine stopped, it was as quick as I could grab my camera and walk excitedly the short distance from the car park to the iconic Art Deco landmark. In this post I want to share with you some images that I took that day.
No matter how many times you look at images of this building, nothing prepares you for the impact it has when you are standing outside it in person. It’s bold streamlined shape, the crisp horizontal banding which runs perpendicular to the glazing of the central stair tower, amongst other attributes takes a firm grasp of your attention and sends your imagination reeling wondering what it would be like to stay there.
Spiralling upwards from the white boundary walls these entrance pillars rise up, greeting all who visit the hotel with a bold introduction to what they are about to encounter when they reach the front door and step inside. Although the pillars resemble a stylised seashell, they also echo the impressive spiral staircase located inside the hotel itself.
With its collection of curves, horizontal banding, vertical cylinder shapes, the building can be appreciated more when look it a little to the left or right. You can see and appreciate how all these various planes intersect and combine together to create this iconic building. It is from this angle that you can really appreciate the duo of seahorses positioned aloft the entrance tower.
From the rear of the hotel it is just as impressive as the front. Here it resembles a transatlantic ocean liner, like the Queen Mary, or the Normandie. It’s sweeping convex curves mimick the curve of the beautiful Morecambe Bay coastline.
This is my favourite image from all the photographs I took that day. It shows the buildings curving form at its best. To the left of the image you can see the café which, when you look through the glazing bars, you can get a taste of the restored mural originally designed by Eric Ravilious.
This iconic building makes not attempt to blend into the landscape it was designed and built to be a bold architectural statement, and today it still does. This hotel played a large part in creating the bustling seaside resort of yesteryear and now fully restored, it is at the forefront of the towns regeneration.
All these images have been given the ReClick Photo treatment and if you would like to read all about what I did to prepare them for this post you can do so in todays second blog post: The Midland Hotel Revisited: Behind the Scenes.
I Hope you have enjoyed these images as much as I did taking them. Stay tuned for today’s second post.
Thanks for reading!
Hugh at ReClick Photo.