The Engine House
This design and variations on it have been very popular with customers over the years. There are three variations of its kind on show here.
In the early version there were no doors - just a very tall opening (so not technically a Wardian Case). A later version had two doors, one of which would open. This case is easily identified by the fanlight above the doors. The third version uses coloured glass in the three windows and has a pair of doors at the front that open and can be "locked" shut.
In all instances, the design reflects the industrial and architectural heritage of Britain. Such engine houses and buildings were put up around water/mine pumping and mill running beam engines or similar. Such machinery could be very tall so therefore were the engine houses.
Although utilitarian, some decoration was always present - often in the form of beautiful brickwork. The most famous example of complex decoration is perhaps Crossness Pumping Station (http://www.crossness.org.uk/) .
On my pieces I have added small amounts of very old (salvaged) glass as a nod to the original decoration. In the 3rd engine house,, the rose coloured glass came from a derelict chapel in Norfolk.
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