The 'Sweetness and Light' Movement

Red Brick Mansion Blocks and green copper domes

Lauderdale Road

A mansion block in red brick, with white dressings and roof domes sheathed in copper which have now oxidized to green of course.

Elgin Avenue

Red brick flats in Elgin Avenue, with semi-basements and attics with steep Mansard roofs.

Cornice Tinting for a Bedroom

Decoration in the main rooms was very elaborate,
With elaborate mouldings, painted  in many colours, and rich flock wallpapers. The effect was often overpowering.

There was a violent reaction against it after the First World War: pale plain walls became fashionable then. Nobody could afford them and the loss of life had been so enormous that skilled labour became scarce.

Elgin Avenue


A curved bay in high quality brickwork, with panels of moulded bricks and rubbed segmental brick lintels above the windows. These have mortar joints only about 3 mm thick. This quality of brick laying was very difficult to achieve and therefore expensive. One window has the decorative border in coloured glass fashionable at the period. Below the lower windows are brick aprons, typical of the period.
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Updated July 5, 2011