Dorothy celebrates Lost Destinations

Lost destinations are being brought to life in new prints from Manchester-based studio Dorothy, which illustrate the forgotten charms of once-celebrated buildings.

New Street
New Street

The two new additions to the Transport for London Lost Destinations series depict London’s Euston Arch and the New Street Signal Box in Birmingham

Both sites were chosen as places that were once fêted destinations that have now been forgotten, ignored, or destroyed entirely.

Euston Arch was built in 1837, but was demolished when Euston station was rebuilt in the 1960s. The designs were inspired by Roman architecture, and created by architect Philip Hardwick, who was said to have been inspired by his travels to Italy 20 years before the arch’s construction.

Birmingham’s New Street signal box, however, is still very much in place, though like its Brutalist brothers and sisters, has very much divided opinion over the years since its completion in 1965.

The imposing, futuristic structure was designed by Bicknell & Hamilton and W.R. Healey, with form very much matching function as an unapologetically utilitarian space.

The prints designed by Dorothy are inspired by early 20th century travel posters, with a limited, “retro-inspired” colour palette and bold, graphic shapes.

Euston Arch
Euston Arch

Transport for London says: “Dorothy’s prints marry the nostalgia and glamour of the golden age of rail travel with the striking and visionary architecture of these forgotten landmarks.”

Dorothy has previously created posters such as star charts of films, actors, and directors from American cinema by mapping them as celestial bodies in a night sky. 

You can buy the prints, priced at £35 each, from 1 October at www.wearedorothy.com and the London Transport Museum shop here 

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