Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Cancale, 1935

Sometimes, a building is pleasing simply because it is so entirely of its time and place. One example is La Poste - the post office - in Cancale. This detail shows how design, typography, and decoration are very 1930s and very French. Even the boat depicted is the local bisquine.

4 comments:

Deptford Dame said...

That is really beautiful! And as you say, so completely of its time! Incidentally, yesterday I was discovering about the Breton bridge engineer Louis Harel de la Noe, who built several hundred unique rail bridges in Brittany in the late 19th and early 20th century. It made me mull over the idea of planning a trip to see some of his remaining structures!

CarolineLD said...

Oh yes, any excuse to visit Brittany is good! I saw his viaduct at Ponts Neufs last summer, it's very impressive in both construction and appearance. In fact, I've been meaning to blog on it for ages...

Adam said...

Perhaps this is the Rocher de Cancale...which is a restaurant in Paris!
A lot of Post Office/PTT architecture in France dates from the 1930s, but this is one of the more original and interesting I've seen.

amethyst said...

Ravissant... So stylish!

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