Since reading Scotland’s Shops by Lindsay Lennie, it has become a small obsession when visiting new places to window shop for interesting stuff.  Here’s two inter-war period shop fronts that I encountered on a recent visit to Stornoway .Shop1

#1 MacLeod and MacLeod Butchers – The terrazzo cladding is typical of the Art Deco move towards plain, reflective surfaces and away from ostentatious ornamentation.


#2 W.J. MacDonald – Like the previous example, Vitrolite is the choice of materials for the fascia.  This coloured  be rolled glass was often used as a cheaper alternative to terrazzo or granite and was also popular in lime green and black.  It is no longer made and restoration can only be undertaken by salvage.  Sadly, it is often removed or damaged.


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