> Both large stone structures.
> No context no historical or documentary evidence,
> totally anonymous.
> They both have decorative features.
> Without historical and documentary evidence how
> can you recognise the traits.
> For example the functional difference between a
> steeple and a stack??
> Especially in a stripped out ruinous state.
> All your analyses relies on the existence of a
> historical record, a prior and accepted knowledge
> as to the function of both the structure and its
> Steeple and Stack.. Seems obvious to us, but
> without knowledge of the christian church (Spire,
> Spiros, Spirit) and fossil fuelled power
> generation (removal of pollutants), it would be
> difficult to differentiate. Anonymous towers.
> Without any historical context, I agree that it
> would be necessary to carry out a micro as opposed
> to macro investigation.
> Minute attention to detail.
I can’t help noticing that one of these “large stone structures” is the largest brick structure in Europe. That’s brick cladding on a steel frame, naturally.
It seems that Battersea A still has its Control Room:
It’s news to me also that Exeter Cathedral has a spire (of which the correct etymology is given here).
As for decorative features, I doubt that even the untutored would mistake Battersea’s Art Deco for Gothic.
Minute attention to detail indeed.
While the “lost civilisation” approach consists precisely in discounting context and documentary evidence as indicators of what kind of thing a given building is.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 22-Dec-16 16:33 by Martin Stower.