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Notes on the Geography of The United Kingdom: Liverpool: Photo 7

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Hartley did use cast iron decoratively at the Albert Dock office. The 18-foot columns were cast in two longitudinal halves, welded together. Atop the columns, the architrave (bearing the words Granada Television) is a single cast U-beam, 36 feet long. The triangular pediment atop the architrave is also cast iron. The columns, by the way, are slightly tapered, faithful to the Greek model. Built for the ages, the Albert Dock was obsolete by 1890, when ships had grown too large to use it. The dock limped on until 1972, when it was closed. For a time it was threatened with demolition: the Germans in World War II had shown with a bomb well-placed at a corner of the dock that it could be done. Instead, the Merseyside Development Corporation renovated the dock as a tourist center, complete with several hotels and restaurants and a branch of the Tate museum. The dock office was recycled for use by the television company.

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