|Buildings on King Street|
'Bristol Byzantine' - it has a great name!
Bristol Byzantine came about in the mid to late nineteenth century and was generally used for industrial buildings and warehouses. One of the architects associated with it is Edward Godwin, who was born in Bristol.
|Buildings on Victoria Street|
|35 King Street|
|The Arnolfini (Bush House)|
The style is heavily influenced by Byzantine and Moorish architecture from buildings in Venice and Istanbul and one building in particular, the Granary on Welsh Back, really shows the influence of Islamic architecture.
|The Granary (or Walt and James' Granary)|
Some characteristics of the Bristol Byzantine style include: windows that often have arched tops and are aligned in vertical columns on stories above the ground floor, a generally sturdy and robust appearance, rock-faced exterior walls on the ground floor and that the buildings are constructed using grey Pennant sandstone, yellow Bath limestone and/ or colourful bricks that were made from clay sourced from the Cattybrook brickpits near Almondsbury.
|The Brew House (formerly part of Rogers' Brewery)|
|Brunel building, Gardiner Haskins department store|
|Browns restaurant, formerly Bristol Museum|
Even the iconic towers of the Clifton Suspension Bridge have features in common with Bristol Byzantine: robust design, arch-topped vertical columns. They were completed by Hawkshaw and Barlow in the mid nineteenth century, after Isambard Kingdom Brunel had died with the bridge still uncompleted. Brunel's original towers were to have been a much more elaborate mock-Egyptian style.
|Image by A.Pingstone|
I wonder what other architectural surprises Bristol still has in store?