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Its skin is brickwork just half a brick thick, smooth rendered. At the stairwell corner we can see how the corner column of the structural steel frame is exposed by omitting this skin at that place. The diagonal slanting stairwell windows are at that sloping angle because it was easy to rest the skin of brickwork on the sloping steel of the stairs, which therefore also act as lintols for these windows.

To some people The Thirties is a merely just another Style, to do with white walls, flat roofs, steel windows, concrete and so on. Others, like Joe Emberton himself, would have said the new architecture was about the design growing from the fundemental functions within the building - and could point to this building as an example of this.

another side view : photo by the Curator 1997

front elevation, extract from Emberton's working drawings 1931: courtesy the British Architectural Library RIBA

front view : photo the Curator 1997

One of the earliest modernist drawings in England : Emberton's drawings show how he was interested at an early stage in using the club's flagstaff and signalling equipment to form part of the character of the building.