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Tropical Bird House, Dudley Zoo, Dudley Castle: the promenade terrace and the belvedere below

RIBA Ref No RIBA49457
Architect/DesignerLubetkin & Tecton
Artist/PhotographerFelton, Leo Herbert (d. 1968)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1937
Image Date1937
StyleModern Movement
Library Reference5044/3a (Felton BN 6434)
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectConcrete ; Zoo buildings ; Pilotis ; Terraces
NOTES: The semi-circular tropical birds' house stands above another drum of smaller diameter that houses the zoo's electricity transformer. In 1985 a thorough restoration was carried out by the Planning and Architecture Department of Dudley Metropolitan Borough - the beginning of a long term project to renovate many of the 15 listed Lubetkin buildings at Dudley. The restoration was carried out with Lubetkin's advice and approval.

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