Pretoria Image: Removed canopies on Colmore Gate, Bull Street

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The other day while walking down Bull Street, I noticed that those canopies had been removed. So I returned to Bull Street to capture what is left.

As of April 2010, only the one of the left remains (I expect it to go as well).

This is Colmore Gate from Bull Street in Birmingham. It is an early 1990s shops and offices building.

Colmore Gate is an office and retail building in Birmingham, England. An example of early 1990s architecture by the Seymour Harris Partnership, the lift shaft is on the outside of the building and the windows are tinted a dark blue colour. The design blends a traditional look with modern materials and style. It is situated in the heart of the business district of Birmingham. The building is home to many large companies.

The building was constructed after the developers bought the patch of land off another developing company whilst they were constructing a building there. The structure of a building was on the site and it was taken down before construction of Colmore Gate began

From Pevsner Architectural Guides: Birmingham –

Colmore Gate, shops and offices of 1990 – 92 by the Seymour Harris Partnership, with a fourteen-storey tower. Silver reflective glass and more blue pearl granite. The mullions defining the centre of each side end at the top in half-rounds, like Cass-Gilbert-period New York. Very dominating from Colmore Row and the Cathedral churchyard. Built for the Church Commissioners.

This is the left end.

Zoom in of the last canopy, with the bus that was in the way.

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My ethos is espoused in the words of Nelson Mandela: “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society. If need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

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