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Clarks Wood Company warehouse, St Vincent's Works, the Wool Hall, and Arnolfini are all related to BB in that they are round-arched, but I've never thought of them as Byzantine. Are there any references for calling them BB? William Avery 20:03, 21 May 2007 (UTC)
For Arnolfini see Bush House for how it started many of the features later known as BB. The city council label it BB at The Wool Hall - but feel free to remove or amend as you see fit - perhaps we should add the general hospital?— Rodtalk 20:43, 21 May 2007 (UTC)
I see now. That 'Wool Hall' on the council website is a building in King Street, about 300m from the one in St Thomas Street. See http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?id=379877 which calls it a former cork warehouse in Venetian Gothic Revival style. There's no reason of course why buildings should lend themselves to easy classification! William Avery 07:04, 22 May 2007 (UTC)
Nothing is 'Bristol Byzantine'. If the attribution to Summerson is correct....and I've never seen a book-and-page citation... it's just a mildly perjorative portmanteau term for a variety of buildings in styles thet he was not particularly sympathetic towards and could not be bothered to understand.. It's clear that the term is a nonsense for a variety of reasons: it's grouping of buildings with virtually nothing in common (such as the Granary and the Carriage works) built over a long period of time and it certainly doesnot refer to any self-conscious tendency or style. Many of the architects named designed buildings in a variety of other styles. Its pretty nonsensical to refer to anything as being 'influenced by Byzantine architecture' given that the Byzantine empire lasted for around twelve hundred years. Round arches a nd a tendency to use a variety of building materials is not enough.
Th proper terms are Venetian Gothic, or industrial vernacular. The Arnolfini is a clear example of indusrial vernacular.TheLongTone (talk) 07:37, 27 June 2011 (UTC)
In books on architecture this polychrome style, which is derived in part from examples in Venice, and thus is "Byzantine" at secondhand, is generally called "Ruskinian Gothic." --Wetman 08:43, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
The label is funny but appropriate. It's questionable whether this manner had any chance of spreading across Victorian Britain without Ruskin. --Ghirla-трёп- 19:11, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
I think there is another example on the way to temple meads from Bristol Bridge down victoria street, it could have already been mentioned, does anyone else know if it has and if so, what is/was it? rfwebster (talk) 19:43, 22 May 2009 (UTC)