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Matthaie's Cafe & Bakery: Kew Road
I went along to see how the work is progressing on this beautiful building. It is an exceptionally attractive Art Deco buliding and remained empty for several years, during this time it became very run down. It's now being converted in to a block of flats.
October 2010 Tesco are trying to get their hands on it. I'm horrified.
January 2012 It's still not completed.
Grade II listed.
Former baker's shop and bakery, with cafe, function room and accommodation on upper floors. Five late C19 terraced houses heavily remodelled in the late 1930s, which is where the special interest lies and particularly in the building's Art Deco facade. Five-bay, three-storey rendered facade with slate roof. Nos 82 and 84 comprise the shop frontage, No 80 the central entrance, No 78 the catering department frontage and No 76 a trade entrance and display window. Nos 78 and 80 appear to have been completely rebuilt, with a raised flat roof. The detailing of the facade is Art Deco in style, in a deep blue, white and silver colour scheme.
EXTERIOR: The shop front has a central entrance, with etched glazing in a fan design. The two large plate glass windows either side have angled corners in to the lobby, with polished granite stall risers and chrome edging. A blind spans the length of the shop front. The stepped fascia is of white Vitrolite with a blue top border, and the name of the cafe in blue serif capitals, colours not usually associated with Vitrolite. Running between the fascia and the shop windows, is a projecting 3-part glazed panel. Each section has a leaded 'sunburst' design in blue, clear and frosted glass, with serif lettering in the centre painted in white and silver on a blue background under glass, reading 'Pastry cooks' to the left, 'Maids of Honour' (a speciality puff pastry of the shop) centre, and 'Confectioners' to the right. The windows above are twelve-pane metal framed leaded casements, with a fluted band between each first and second floor window. A clock reading 'Matthiae's Bakery' is fixed between the windows at second floor level.
The entrance to the cafe and function room on the upper floors resembles that of a small cinema. The double doors with fluted wooden surround, flanked by a single door either side (that to the right leading to the former catering department), and fanlight running above, are deeply recessed. A canopy projects from the front wall which would have incorporated lighting to illuminate the large sign beneath, which reads 'Matthaie's Cafe' in sans-serif projecting silver capitals on a blue background. The sign may be a 1950s addition. On the side of the canopy is written 'Weddings', left, and 'Banquets', right, in the same style as described for the lettering above the shop windows. The edges of the canopy are trimmed in chrome fluting, which extends down the frontage to become pillars marking the outer edges of the entrance.
The large plate glass window to the right of the central entrance has a projecting glass panel with a sunburst design, reading 'Catering Department', again in the painted style described above. The window also has chrome edging, a blind above and a polished granite stall riser. Internally, there are mirrors at either end of the window recess, and wood back boards with drawers below. The windows above are wood framed five light mullion and transoms, with top opening leaded yellow glass transoms, with a fluted band between each first and second floor window. No 76 has been less altered since the C19. It has two entrances with modern doors to the left and a plate glass window to the right with chrome edging, polished granite stall riser and blind set between ground and first floor level. The two windows above are four-pane timber sashes.
INTERIOR: The shop has a cream and blue tiled floor, and a glass panelled ceiling with wooden framing. A mirrored wooden pillar stands in the centre of the room. The central entrance hall has wood and glazed doors leading to the shop and former catering department, edged in mirrored glass. There is a shallow three tiered cornice, and to the rear, a blue and plain glass mirror consisting of several panels. The stairs are of cream and blue terrazzo.
Extending to the rear from the shop and the former catering department, are a number of service rooms of varying sizes, some retaining their tiled floors and ceramic wall tiles, but where the interest diminishes. The stairs of the C19 house remain in No 84. The largest space is the former bakery to the rear of the shop, which retains some original fixtures and fittings, including an oven.
The large room at the front on the first floor which served as the cafe retains its wood panelling with inset mirrored glass panels, ceramic and glass ceiling lights, curved cornice and folding wood part-glazed doors which open in to a smaller adjoining room, which is panelled in the same fashion and houses a dumb waiter and wooden staircase to the second floor. Former living quarters occupied r
Imperial Brewing Company Building 1
This condemned building has been calling my name for years to explore and I finally did it. It used to serve as the Imperial Brewing Company, but those days have long past. Now the building is caving in in areas and looks like something you'd find in downtown Baghdad shortly after "Shock & Awe".
Although It was calling my name, it wasn't an easy endeavor to accomplish. My first obstacle was the barbed wire fence that surrounds the property (along with the No Trespassing signed posted every 5 feet). I managed to push the gate just far enough apart that I could climb to the top and squeeze my butt and legs through and hop down on the other side. I guess sometimes it pays to be tall & skinny!
Now I was able to get up close and personal with the building, but that wasn't enough - I HAD to get inside.
The problem is that they've padlocked the remaining doors and installed wrought iron bars over any other opening that would be accessible from the ground level. This is when I discovered a lower roofed area on the back side of the building that was only about 7 feet high, that if I could get up on would allow me to climb up another 3-foot ledge onto another roof level that had an open door - which was just begging me to walk through it,
My excitement of my find was momentarily stifled when I found that the lower level roof was mostly caved in, which meant the only way I could scale it and get to the next level up was to precariously balance on just the tops of the outside walls, which were covered in ceramic tile and snow - which made them slicker than cat $hit on a marble floor.
So after a little internal pep talk I mustered up enough courage to boost myself up onto the wall and throw one leg over so I was straddling it. After a fleeting thought or two of "What the hell did I just get myself into", I managed to shimmy up and boost myself up to the next level.
Now the only thing standing between me and the prize was about 30 feet of roof that was covered with snow so i couldn't tell how stable it was. The last thing I wanted was to take a step and end up falling though so I grabbed a metal bar laying on the roof and used it to jab through the snow and test the strength of the roof ahead of me as I held my breath and tip-toed my way across.
What I discovered inside can only be described as the ideal set of the next Saw movie. Rooms full of rusted engines, pullys and mechanisms.
The busted out windows and holes in the roof allowed in just enough light to make it a photographers dream come true. The combination of intriguing textures along with the amazing color of the graffiti on the walls could have kept me there for hours. Unfortunately, it was pretty cold out and to be honest it was just down right creepy, so I only hung around for about 30 minutes before exiting the way I came.
When I got back to my car I just sat there and smiled as I looked at the images that I had just gotten. It was such an exhilarating experience.
Now on to the next one!