Do you remember this building?

Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection

Following the 1927/8 demolitions of houses in Grand Parade and Pavilion Parade this rather ugly rounded building was erected in 1930/1.

It was put to a variety of uses, offices, furniture store etc but never looked to be of a permanent nature. Photographed on July 2, 1967.

The building was still there in the early 1990s.

Do you remember it? What was its use at that time?

Please share your memories by posting a comment below.

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  • In 1954 it was a furniture store and I brought a very nice Cintique chair from them, I still have it to this day and it is in great condition still, it now has loose covers but under them is the original red moquet also in great condition. It as part of the furniture I had in my room at home. I seem to recall it only cost about £15.

    By Ken Ross (26/07/2015)
  • Seem to remember it was called Robinson’s furniture store. I think it laid derelict for a while, before being demolished.

    By John Sims (26/07/2015)
  • I am not sure ‘ugly’ really represents the style of the architecture here! It is a style sometimes referred to as ‘Moderne’, an Anglicised version of ‘International Modern’ style and one seen in several local locations. On the right of the picture is the 1930s ‘Dog Tray’ pub. There was a long string of reminiscence about the pub-and its curious name- several years ago on this site.

    By Geoffrey Mead (27/07/2015)
  • I vaguely remember this building being something to do with the art collect in the late 60s/early 70s.

    By Renia Simmonds (28/07/2015)
  • It’s one of those buildings that look as if something is missing-possibly another floor! It’s pretty grim as architecture, and was doomed from its installation I imagine, although possibly welcomed by window-cleaners! I don’t know what has replaced it, but it can’t be worse, can it?

    By Stefan Bremner-Morris (28/07/2015)
  • Something stirs at the back of my mind. I think at some time it was a car show room , I may be wrong but memories play funny tricks.

    By John Eaton (28/07/2015)
  • I remember it was used as an annex to the Art College during the early 70s.

    By Nick Burdett (28/07/2015)

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