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#ilovethisbuilding – still time (just) to enter your photograph!

Our #ilovethisbuilding photography competition – in association with Gallery magazine – is well underway but there’s still time to enter. All you need to do is take a photograph, either with a camera or on your phone, caption it #ilovethisbuilding and tell us in up to 100 words why you’ve chosen it, and then send […]






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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 […]






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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 […]






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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 […]






Gaiety Theatre Ironwork

Behind the curtain at the Gaiety Theatre

The Gaiety Theatre originally opened in 1893 as a large pavilion designed by WJ Rennison on the shell of the original Villa Marina. It operated as a music hall, but soon closed down. Frank Matcham was commissioned to redesign the building as a theatre and used builder Jonas Binns of Halifax in association with Alexander […]