Monday miscellany

Following up on a few things covered on these pages recently …

Art gallery … inside and out

Helen Graham has written an interesting piece on ‘Rooted and democratic museums for York‘ on the proposed charges at the art gallery and museums, with suggestions for how things could be managed differently.

(The meeting to decide on the charges is on Wednesday. Details on the council’s website.)

There’s also an event taking place in Exhibition Square on Saturday (the day the art gallery is reopening) where we’re being encouraged to take along or create our own art. More information in the Press and on Facebook.

Here on this site (where you don’t have to wait for ads to load …): several pages on the art gallery, both now and in recent years.


A ‘takeover’ of the art gallery, on the open day in Feb 2013

White Swan redevelopment: new bar

Remember when the White Swan on Piccadilly was also called an ‘eyesore’? Not anymore. It’s all smart and gleaming and back in use. There’s a Sainsbury’s Local on the ground floor, and it looks like there’s soon to be a bar/restaurant next to that: ‘Green light given to plan for former White Swan Hotel‘, reports The Press. Some people may be eagerly awaiting this, others will think we have too many bars already, but personally I’m just pleased to see that the building is back in use and that in this case we’ve managed to retain and refurbish rather than demolish (as was suggested at one stage).

Here on York Stories we’ve many pages about the White Swan and its recent history.

Mock tudor frontage

In August 2004. Decorated windows from the ‘Rainbow Peace Hotel’ occupation in 2003

Pubs pubs pubs

On the subject of drinking establishments, but focusing on keeping old ones rather than bringing in new ones:

The Punch Bowl is now an Asset of Community Value (ACV). That gives it protection against sale or conversion to a retail unit by giving the local community a say in what happens to it.

— writes Nick Love in York Mix: Campaigners celebrate as York pub saved from the hands of the supermarkets.

There’s more on the Punch Bowl, Lowther Street, here on York Stories. And a fair few pages about other York pubs too.

Meanwhile the Corner House on Burton Stone Lane remains boarded-up.

Boarded-up pub

Corner House, Burton Stone Lane, 24 May 2015

Further afield, I noticed an interesting article on the BBC website about a pub in Battersea that has been demolished and must now be rebuilt. It raises questions about whether a rebuilt building can ever be the same, and makes us think about hard-to-recreate details like the weathered and settled-looking pointing in the brickwork of older buildings … or perhaps that’s just me thinking about that, but anyway …

Reading that also led me on to an enlightening article on the Historic England website on the history of pubs, specifically it puts into context those big places built in the suburbs in the 20th century, of which York has many, though many have been demolished.

And on the subject of the demolition of 20th century buildings …

Demolition of Airspeed/Reynard’s garage building: application open for comment

The planning application for the demolition of the Airspeed/Reynard’s garage building is open for comment. It has been for some weeks but I wasn’t able to find it when I searched earlier on the council’s online system. But here it is. As you’ll see, there’s only one comment so far and that’s in support of demolition, so some readers might want to object instead.

More on that story later perhaps. For now, you might want to read one of the many many pages on the Airspeed/Reynard’s building here on this site.

Thanks to the people whose financial support powered recent pages.

1920s building

Back in 2004, when not quite so derelict-looking

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