More self-isolated buildings

Another fab example of a gorgeous building in the series of self-isolated buildings.

Making these beautiful structures stand out from the all too often bland architecture that surrounds them. I like how the isolation of a building can really make it stand out, putting the spotlight on these charismatic structures that would have otherwise been lost and merged into the all too often bland high street, towns and city jungles!

However, Books on the Hill was a difficult one to ease out of the surrounding architectural blandness! Located on Holywell Hill, St Albans, there are several charismatic buildings adjacent to this one. Even with some rather handsome buildings shoulder to shoulder, by cutting it out from its neighbours you can really focus on the beauty of this building.

A before and after shot of Books on the Hill, Holywell Hill, St Albans.
Cafe Rouge, Holywell Hill, St Albans. This unique Art Deco building was opened in 1930 as Samuel Ryder’s Seed Company Exhibition Hall. Samuel was the Mayor of St Albans and the founder of the Ryder Cup.
The Village Arcade, High Street, St Albans
One of the oldest and best preserved medieval buildings in St Albans. Located on Holywell Hill and built in the late 15th century as a hostel for visitors to the Abbey. It has gone through many transformations along the centuries. From an inn, a beerhouse, an antique shop, an estate agent and is currently a private residence.

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