Engine house and nearby, photos 2004-13

As mentioned on the previous page, I seem to have assembled many photos of the engine house (York waterworks building, about to be The Star Inn the City) and nearby buildings in that corner of the Museum Gardens over the years 2004-2013 (mainly 2007-2013). These are in date order and give a sense of the place as it was and how it’s changing now.

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Engine house and nearby

Starting back in October 2004, behind the engine house, in a quiet corner of the Museum Gardens, with sunlight on the city wall
Starting back in October 2004, behind the engine house, in a quiet corner of the Museum Gardens, with sunlight on the city wall

July 2007, the pleasantly shabby forgotten corner behind the engine house, apparently now a graveyard for bins
July 2007, the pleasantly shabby forgotten corner behind the engine house, apparently now a graveyard for bins

One day this arched opening will be busy with building work, but in July 2007 it's just a dumping place for unwanted things
One day this arched opening will be busy with building work, but in July 2007 it's just a dumping place for unwanted things

More bins ... behind the engine house, July 2007
More bins ... behind the engine house, July 2007

Primary colours, in a favourite forgotten corner. Behind the engine house, Aug 2007
Primary colours, in a favourite forgotten corner. Behind the engine house, Aug 2007

August 2007, empty engine house, from the Museum Gardens
August 2007, empty engine house, from the Museum Gardens

The rather battered, tired eyes of the engine house, Aug 2007
The rather battered, tired eyes of the engine house, Aug 2007

Feb 2009. The engine house slumbers through the winter snow
Feb 2009. The engine house slumbers through the winter snow

... while its riverside-facing walls advertise its availability as a possible restaurant (Feb 2009)
... while its riverside-facing walls advertise its availability as a possible restaurant (Feb 2009)

Wood, stone, leaves and earth, and what will eventually be an entrance to the engine house restaurant development. For now, in Feb 2009, quiet and picturesque.
Wood, stone, leaves and earth, and what will eventually be an entrance to the engine house restaurant development. For now, in Feb 2009, quiet and picturesque.

June 2010. Smelly old toilet block next to the engine house, in the corner of the Museum Gardens. Demolished in 2013, now the site of the restaurant development
June 2010. Smelly old toilet block next to the engine house, in the corner of the Museum Gardens. Demolished in 2013, now the site of the restaurant development

Public notice regarding the future use of this corner of the Museum Gardens. Found lying on the ground near the engine house, in June 2010.
Public notice regarding the future use of this corner of the Museum Gardens. Found lying on the ground near the engine house, in June 2010.

The windows opened up briefly, giving glimpses, through mesh, of the interior of the engine house, in June 2010
The windows opened up briefly, giving glimpses, through mesh, of the interior of the engine house, in June 2010

June 2010, one window through another, engine house
June 2010, one window through another, engine house

Engine house: rather handsome at one time no doubt. Bit shabby now (Jun 2010)
Engine house: rather handsome at one time no doubt. Bit shabby now (Jun 2010)

Light through the river-facing window of the engine house, June 2010
Light through the river-facing window of the engine house, June 2010

Panelling in engine house interior, June 2010
Panelling in engine house interior, June 2010

Rubbish photo, but showing the state of the interior in June 2010. What looks like water damage, engine house ceiling.
Rubbish photo, but showing the state of the interior in June 2010. What looks like water damage, engine house ceiling.

Through the window mesh, showing the graffiti-covered dilapidated interior of the engine house, June 2010
Through the window mesh, showing the graffiti-covered dilapidated interior of the engine house, June 2010

More graffiti, engine house interior
More graffiti, engine house interior

Engine house - not looking good inside in June 2010
Engine house - not looking good inside in June 2010

But looking as pleasing as ever on the outside, under blue sky, in October 2010
But looking as pleasing as ever on the outside, under blue sky, in October 2010

Windows covered and boarding around the engine house, Oct 2010. Toilet block to the right.
Windows covered and boarding around the engine house, Oct 2010. Toilet block to the right.

A bit tidier now in the forgotten quiet corner behind the engine house. Oct 2010
A bit tidier now in the forgotten quiet corner behind the engine house. Oct 2010

From the slope down to the river, down the alleyway, a glimpse of the engine house (Oct 2010)
From the slope down to the river, down the alleyway, a glimpse of the engine house (Oct 2010)

January 2011, back of the engine house from the Museum Gardens
January 2011, back of the engine house from the Museum Gardens

Engine house still waiting patiently, chatting to its little friend the toilet block ...
Engine house still waiting patiently, chatting to its little friend the toilet block ...

Call me odd if you like, but I took this as I thought it was an aesthetically pleasing view. Apart from the old filing cabinet. Jan 2011
Call me odd if you like, but I took this as I thought it was an aesthetically pleasing view. Apart from the old filing cabinet. Jan 2011

The old shed, and various other miscellaneous piles of things, behind the engine house, Jan 2011
The old shed, and various other miscellaneous piles of things, behind the engine house, Jan 2011

Clambering about behind the old shed, Jan 2011. Back of the engine house
Clambering about behind the old shed, Jan 2011. Back of the engine house

Bits of wall and steps and that shed again, in this Museum Gardens corner, Jan 2011
Bits of wall and steps and that shed again, in this Museum Gardens corner, Jan 2011

Are you getting a bit bored of this shed perhaps
Are you getting a bit bored of this shed perhaps

Up on the bank of the city wall, giving the wider context. Railway offices and Aviva building visible in distance on left, across the river.
Up on the bank of the city wall, giving the wider context. Railway offices and Aviva building visible in distance on left, across the river.

Engine house and city wall, railway offices in the distance, Jan 2011
Engine house and city wall, railway offices in the distance, Jan 2011

Looking down on this corner of the Museum Gardens, Jan 2011
Looking down on this corner of the Museum Gardens, Jan 2011

Leaping forward to August 2013, with building work well underway on the engine house restaurant development, in the shadow of Lendal Tower
Leaping forward to August 2013, with building work well underway on the engine house restaurant development, in the shadow of Lendal Tower

From the riverside path, ads for The Star Inn on the hoardings
From the riverside path, ads for The Star Inn on the hoardings

August 2013 - engine house development, with new extension under construction on the left
August 2013 - engine house development, with new extension under construction on the left

On a brighter day, in August 2013
On a brighter day, in August 2013

That archway previously pictured, gate always closed. Now opened up. Looking towards the back of the engine house development, the new extension, Aug 2013
That archway previously pictured, gate always closed. Now opened up. Looking towards the back of the engine house development, the new extension, Aug 2013

From the Museum Gardens, Aug 2013. Back of engine house, with Lendal Tower on left
From the Museum Gardens, Aug 2013. Back of engine house, with Lendal Tower on left

End of the new build extension, where the toilet block used to be. I understand an application has been lodged to fell this tree.
End of the new build extension, where the toilet block used to be. I understand an application has been lodged to fell this tree.

New extension under construction, looking towards river (Barker Tower and Aviva offices visible, on opposite bank)
New extension under construction, looking towards river (Barker Tower and Aviva offices visible, on opposite bank)

From Museum St, looking down to St Leonard's Landing, engine house behind city wall
From Museum St, looking down to St Leonard's Landing, engine house behind city wall

Aug 2013, from Lendal Bridge. Engine house hidden by tree, new extension on left, under construction
Aug 2013, from Lendal Bridge. Engine house hidden by tree, new extension on left, under construction

4 Sept 2013, engine house development from across the river
4 Sept 2013, engine house development from across the river

8 Oct 2013, new extension looking almost complete
8 Oct 2013, new extension looking almost complete

8 Oct 2013, from riverside path
8 Oct 2013, from riverside path

8 Oct 2013. New extension with engine house in background
8 Oct 2013. New extension with engine house in background

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One comment

  1. Mick Phythian

    In some ways its great to see a building being re-used after too many years standing derelict (why? might I ask) but having seen what’s happened to the village of Harome where the village hall was now derelict as no-one actually lives there anymore (its all holiday lets), the city mustn’t expect any favours…

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