Merchants Quay in the 1970s

Was there much protest about the demolition of all these houses? It looks totally different now. Check Google Maps and look across the river to see the red brick monstrosity it is now.

4 Replies to “Merchants Quay in the 1970s”

  1. I don’t recall any controversy, possibly because the whole quay was in a very rundown condition. I know of a painting in oils of this scene. The modern building is grotesque, symbolic of the times when such poor standard of design was approved.A further example is at No 1 South Mall which took fire in the sixties, a handsome red brick building which was totally demolished even though a section of it was untouched by the fire. Our city is the poorer for these losses.

  2. It brings to mind the mass-destruction occurring in the States in the 1960s under the guise of “Urban Renewal”–part of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society program. It took the sacrificial demolition of Manhattan’s Penn Station to ignite an appreciation for older buildings and historic neighborhoods.
    I confess to a feeling of righteous glee whenever I hear of the demolition of some modern monstrosity built in my lifetime.

  3. I couldn’t agree more. Check out my own blog on trying to save the dignity of the architecture on our quays in the face of more and more glass boxes

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