Thatched Cottage

Thatched Cottage

Jo Middleton #ilovethisbuilding Because the thatched cottage on the right is my home as it was in the 1800’s.

Castle Mona Hotel

Castle Mona Hotel

Janet Lees “#ilovethisbuilding because, well, just look at it”



Andrew Otten #ilovethisbuilding “…used to do a 3 mile round trip to the Beehive on my bike, for a packet of swizzles.”

Isle of Man Bank on Prospect Hill

Isle of Man Bank Prospect Hill

Dan Davies’ #ilovethisbuilding “Because it’s beautiful inside and out” Isle of Man Bank on Prospect Hill  

big draw workshop

Isle of Man Big Draw Workshop

Big Draw is a national festival celebrating drawing. This years focus is on STEAM (Science, technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). Hosted by Kirsten Penzes, a recent graduate of BA Fine Arts from the Isle of Man University College. The free workshop offers the chance for junior students to explore animation and fluorescent technology through rendered drawing […]

Switchback ride, Douglas head

Isle of Man Fairground attractions

The Isle of Man has had a lot of fairground attractions throughout the years some more permanent than the temporary TT fair that visits Douglas Promenade nowadays. The Switchback ride Douglas Head, Circa 1900. The wooden big dipper with metal tracks for cars which were push started. It was part of the fairground on Douglas […]

The Isle of Architecture Poem by John Dog Callister and his audience

The Isle of Architecture Poem by John Dog Callister and his audience

A poem in celebration of Isle of Architecture created by John Dog Callister and the audience at the Sailors’ Shelter last Friday. This Isle of Architecture, A gem as we all know, Gives reason for conjecture, As our fantastic buildings show. Matcham, Mawson, Baillie Scott, Knox, Pugin, Rigby, Steuart & Kay, Robinson, Walker, Boyd and […]

Chester St Car park

Chester Street Car Park

James Franklin – “The lines, angles and repetitions of Chester Street Car Park are not matched anywhere else on the island” We don’t usually take the time to see beauty in our everyday buildings and this photograph depicts it perfectly #ilovethisbuilding

credit of Paul Dougherty, Tynwald Seneschal

Fancy a wander round the Wedding Cake?

The building that houses the House of Keys and the Legislative Council was originally built as the Bank of Mona in 1855, designed by local architect John Robinson. Due to its unique shape, the building has acquired the nickname of the Wedding Cake. The Bank of Mona folded in 1878 due to the failure of […]


A few words from Martyn Thomas…

It’s great to see #ilovethisbuilding gaining momentum and really interesting to see the range of buildings that people are sharing.  The idea behind the hashtag is a nice simple one.  It’s just a way to ask people to look at the buildings they know, think about a building they like and share a video or […]

Molly Carrooin's Cottage, Onchan

Molly Quirks cottage

Catriona Mackie #ilovethisbuilding “For what they can tell us about our past and about how we live today.” Read Catriona’s blog post here:

Miltown Estate

More about Milntown

Milntown is a country estate based near Glen Auldyn, Ramsey. Dating back to the early 16th century when John McCrystyn, who was a Deemster at the time merged his two estates renaming them Milntown. The McCrystyn family name became written as Christian and during the seventeenth century extensive alterations and additions were made.  After this period […]

Helvetica Film Club

SofA Film Club at the Bath & Bottle – Helvetica

Isle of Man Society of Architects are showing a series of films this spring at the Bath & Bottle, Victoria Street, Douglas. The first film is Thursday 2nd February – Helvetica, a documentary film by Gary Hustwit. To reserve a seat for £5 email:

Molly Carrooin's Cottage, Onchan

Why I love buildings by Catriona Mackie

Why I love buildings By Catriona Mackie I should perhaps begin with two confessions: firstly, I have a degree in architecture and, secondly, I’m not all that interested in what is usually considered to be proper ‘architecture’.   I’ve never been interested in palaces and cathedrals, in classical ornament, or gothic facades, in finials or […]


Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

We’re really excited about ‘Architecture-on-Sea: The Buildings that made the Seaside’ our forthcoming talk by Dr Kathryn Ferry at the Centenary Centre on 2 March. Kathryn Ferry has a PhD in Architectural History from the University of Cambridge and specialises in the history, culture and buildings of the British seaside. She is an expert on […]


Win a meal for two

Thanks to the generous team at 14 North we are excited to announce your chance to win a delicious three course meal for two with a bottle of wine! Post an original photo or video of your favourite building on the Isle of Man on our Isle of Architecture page using the #ilovethisbuilding before 3pm on […]

Caarjyn Cooidjagh

Choir perform poolside

We couldn’t be more excited to about another special event from our ‘music in unusual spaces’ series. On Saturday 18th February Manx Choir, Caarjyn Cooidjagh, will perform poolside at the Western Swimming Pool, Peel.  The concert will feature a series of water inspired pieces and take full advantage of the building’s acoustics. The performance is inspired […]

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Chester Street Car Park

A startling piece of brutalist architecture on the #isleofman – Chester Street Car Park#ilovethisbuilding — Manx James (@Manx_James) November 30, 2016