Assembly Rooms Theatre entrance

Art Deco architecture used 'modern' materials such as reinforced concrete, and simple lines and planes to create a bold architectural expression - almost the opposite to that of the Victorians who loved floral patterns, colours, and fussy detail. This entrance is a 1930s reworking of a Victorian facade, which must have then seemed old fashioned. The steel-framed windows - originally produced by an Essex firm called Crittall, were cutting edge at the time. We now take them from granted, but they were a radical departure from traditional wooden windows, and marked an age that valued the 'machine-made' look. Their popularity was such that steel windows came to be called 'Crittall windows' all around the world.

Art Deco architecture used 'modern' materials such as reinforced concrete, and simple lines and planes to create a bold architectural expression - almost the opposite to that of the Victorians who loved floral patterns, colours, and fussy detail. This entrance is a 1930s reworking of a Victorian facade, which must have then seemed old fashioned. 

The steel-framed windows - originally produced by an Essex firm called Crittall, were cutting edge at the time. We now take them from granted, but they were a radical departure from traditional wooden windows, and marked an age that valued the 'machine-made' look. Their popularity was such that steel windows came to be called 'Crittall windows' all around the world.