Briarhill (1892) is one of the first examples of Art Nouveau, the new art that quickly swept across Europe at the turn of the century. It is built of bright red bricks and mixed blue, green and purple slates which give the roof a mottled character. Edgar Wood combined simple shapes, semi-circles, oblongs and triangles, with elongated features like the pilasters on the bay windows. If you look closely, you can see swirling Art Nouveau leaded windows and a tree carving above the door.
This is the inside of Long Street Methodist Church as it was in 1907. It is now part of the Edgar Wood Centre in Middleton, Manchester, England. The stonework is a pinkish colour, the brickwork is a close match, the roof is brown while the bench in the foreground was stained sage green, an attractive colour contrast. Edgar Wood pioneered a style of church design which was both traditional and modern at the same time.
This is a design for a country church in North Lancashire. Edgar Wood uses the beams and crucks found in old barns to give a real country flavour to the interior. The drawing is great fun and it's a shame it was never built.
Edgar Wood's Elm Wood School (originally Elm Street School) was the most advanced school in England when built in 1909. It had a civilised and child-centred design which was built in warm orange bricks with pure white stonework. The low curved facade enclosed the children's garden bestowing a sense of comfort and safety. It is still a school today.
A beautifully proportioned and elegant gesellschaftsräumen (social room) designed by Edgar Wood in 1906. The cream and white decor is underpinned by complementary blue and brown of the floors. The round doorways are echoed in the ceiling, lighting and furniture.