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Post# 91210   2/10/2010 at 16:51 (3,765 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

On Monday 25th Jan, after my day at the Miele Gallery, I had a couple of hours to kill before meeting my friend Al (vacbear58) for coffee in John Lewis on Oxford Street.

So, since Perivale Station is on the same underground line as Oxford Circus, I jumped on the train and made a brief visit to the Hoover Building. It's so beautiful, it's always worth a look!

Here's the station itself - I wonder how many factory workers commuted through this station each morning and evening?

Notice the weather is still horribly cold and overcast at this point...

Post# 91211 , Reply# 1   2/10/2010 at 16:53 (3,765 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Exit station and turn left, a 10 min walk up the road, and we're there!

No sooner had I arrived than the sun came out - the only short moment of sun we got all day! Perhaps Mr. Colston was smiling down...

Post# 91212 , Reply# 2   2/10/2010 at 16:54 (3,765 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Front gate and grand entrance!

Post# 91213 , Reply# 3   2/10/2010 at 16:54 (3,765 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Staff canteen...

Post# 91215 , Reply# 4   2/10/2010 at 16:55 (3,765 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Front of canteen...I love the clock!

Post# 91216 , Reply# 5   2/10/2010 at 16:56 (3,765 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Slightly different angle...sun still shining!

Post# 91217 , Reply# 6   2/10/2010 at 16:57 (3,765 days old) by vintagehoover ()        


Post# 91218 , Reply# 7   2/10/2010 at 17:01 (3,765 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

That's pretty much it - I'd got too cold at this point, because I also spent about 10 mins filming the building from different angles with my video camera. Editing that and uploading it is a project for when I find a little more free time!

I put the cameras away, and like someone flicking a lightswitch, the sun disappeared back behind the heavy clouds. I headed back to Oxford Street to window-shop until Al arrived!

Post# 91220 , Reply# 8   2/10/2010 at 17:06 (3,765 days old) by sireluxomatic ()        

What a fantastic looking building, especially the blue-green window frames and accents.

Post# 91222 , Reply# 9   2/10/2010 at 17:12 (3,765 days old) by vintagehoover ()        
These might also be of interest:

Rare shots of the inside of the building! I took these in May 2008 during breaks from filming an item for BBC One's 'The ONE Show'.

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CLICK HERE TO GO TO vintagehoover's LINK

Post# 91238 , Reply# 10   2/10/2010 at 17:55 (3,765 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Gorgeous ART DECO

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wonderful history.If those walls could talk!

Post# 91241 , Reply# 11   2/10/2010 at 17:58 (3,765 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I'll never tire of gazing at this spectacular building, Jack.
The Gods were smiling on you to provide that gorgeous blue sky.


Post# 91258 , Reply# 12   2/10/2010 at 19:38 (3,765 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Post# 91273 , Reply# 13   2/10/2010 at 20:09 (3,765 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        

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That building is gorgeous! Thanks for posting this!


Post# 91311 , Reply# 14   2/11/2010 at 06:03 (3,765 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Wonderful Building Jack!

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I'm so pleased that this wondeful building is still around Jack - to think that not long ago there was talk of knocking it down?...but now it's been restored.

It's a shame about the damage to the floor; I seem to remember you saying something about that.

..and how lucky you were with the sunshine!


Post# 91381 , Reply# 15   2/11/2010 at 19:36 (3,764 days old) by jayelux (Dallas, TX)        

Was this visible from the Red Line? It has been a few years, but was Tesco using the building for a while? Or is there a Tesco nearby? What I'd do for Tesco plain chocolate, right now. Used to be 50p per large bar. But I digress. I'd rather vacuum.

Post# 91417 , Reply# 16   2/12/2010 at 03:39 (3,764 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        

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Tesco occupy space at the rear of the building, the front part has been converted into offices which Gallagher origionally occupied but is currently empty. There is little obvious sign of Tescos from the front, apart from a low sign in the front gardens. The rear of the building looks to me more like 1950s American motel than a building designed at the end of the 1920s, but the front remains reasonably unblemished, a relief as it was almost ripped down. It is definatly an icon on the way into London (it is lit up at night) although it would be great to have a time machine to go back to see it in its Hoover heyday.

If you ever see the UK made Poirot TV programmes the buiding (disgused) is used in one of the episodes - the one about the meat pie factory - I believe this was before Tescos moved in.

When he has time maybe Jack can give us some more details about this great building

Post# 91423 , Reply# 17   2/12/2010 at 07:53 (3,764 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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Thank God that beautiful building is still there. It would not have seen the 1960s over here.

Post# 91445 , Reply# 18   2/12/2010 at 12:35 (3,764 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

One reason I always liked watching Poirot was because of all the art deco buildings they utilized in the series. I'll keep an eye out for the Hoover bldg now I know what to look for when it comes up again in reruns.

Post# 91449 , Reply# 19   2/12/2010 at 14:06 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        
Ok, let's talk Belgian detectives...

"Farley's Foods", AKA, The Hoover Building. Notice it's been disguised by some rather ugly turrets on each corner.

Post# 91452 , Reply# 20   2/12/2010 at 14:09 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Exterior shot...

'Yes, its a shame about that metal barrier, but you only see it briefly, people won't notice...'

Post# 91453 , Reply# 21   2/12/2010 at 14:09 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Now where have we seen those stairs before?

Post# 91454 , Reply# 22   2/12/2010 at 14:10 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Oh - that's it!

Post# 91455 , Reply# 23   2/12/2010 at 14:12 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        


Post# 91456 , Reply# 24   2/12/2010 at 14:15 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Gasp! The running lady is Joely Richardson!

Post# 91457 , Reply# 25   2/12/2010 at 14:15 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Night exterior...

Post# 91458 , Reply# 26   2/12/2010 at 14:16 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Poirot and Hastings arrive on the scene...

Post# 91459 , Reply# 27   2/12/2010 at 14:18 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

...and are shown in through the main entrance. Notice 'H' for Hoover on the gates!

Not sure about those odd glass doors...

Post# 91460 , Reply# 28   2/12/2010 at 14:19 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

This is what's on the other side of those glass doors in sight!

Post# 91462 , Reply# 29   2/12/2010 at 14:22 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

This is NOT the Hoover Building. There are plenty of interior shots which have either been filmed at other location, or shot on a soundstage.

This is some other building which is used extensively in the story for interior shots. Notice the marble and overly-ornate banisters don't match the style of the Hoover Building at all.

Post# 91463 , Reply# 30   2/12/2010 at 14:23 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Day exterior...

Post# 91464 , Reply# 31   2/12/2010 at 14:25 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

I can't make up my mind if this is an actual Hoover office with a dummy brick wall set up outside the window, or a set.

I'm leaning towards Hoover office.

Post# 91465 , Reply# 32   2/12/2010 at 14:26 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Interior...the murderer flees!

Post# 91466 , Reply# 33   2/12/2010 at 14:27 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Interior staircase...

Post# 91467 , Reply# 34   2/12/2010 at 14:29 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Poirot peers through the window...

Post# 91468 , Reply# 35   2/12/2010 at 14:31 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

'Stop that man!!'

Post# 91469 , Reply# 36   2/12/2010 at 14:32 (3,763 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Murderer's accomplice is lead away by Inspector Japp.


Post# 91475 , Reply# 37   2/12/2010 at 16:16 (3,763 days old) by rolls_rapide (-)        

Was that the episode with Mary Tamm, one-time assistant (Romana) to Tom Baker's 'Doctor Who'? It looks like her...

Post# 91482 , Reply# 38   2/12/2010 at 17:35 (3,763 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

That was good jack. Take that building, make it smaller and it would be my dream house. Good eye to catching those modern glass doors in that one pic, a mystery in itself but I'll bet they were put on while the building was still being used before it was vacated and the originals stored away...then put back for some reason or another perhaps to bring it back to it's original authenticity.

Post# 91483 , Reply# 39   2/12/2010 at 17:38 (3,763 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

BTW,, the Perivale station itself is somewhat architecurally interesting as well with that curving glass and canopy. Any idea when it was built. I'd guess 40's -50.

Post# 91496 , Reply# 40   2/12/2010 at 18:23 (3,763 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Perivale Station

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In fact opened in 1947. I would have thought it was older (many of the later underground stations are design icons of the 1920s & 30s) but I imagine that it was designed in the 1930s and just not built till after WW2 as the style is much more 1930s than 40s. It should be remembered that, when it was built the Hoover Perivale factory was considered to be out in the country. Early UK instruction books show the factory completely surronded by fields. Not like that now as it was swallowed up by suburban growth, mainly in the 1930s although it still stands out as a beacon on the A40 - a major western traffic artery of London

You can see how much better the station looks now from Jack's pictures compared to that on teh web link


Post# 91596 , Reply# 41   2/13/2010 at 07:43 (3,763 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Interesting bit of history there on the station. And seeing that route map right by Ruislip... my aunt and uncle lived in Ruislip. I visited them a couple of times waaaay back in 67 and 72 so I must have passed thru there a few times unbeknownst.

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