This was the job centre. So it was a civil building. I can’t understand why the council would leave it in this state.
This is how it looks at the moment:
But this is how it could look if it became a Furniture Store:
Ilfracombe should be proud of its history. Why not include a little text about the building next door? The hand points to the Old Candar Arcade and says:
“The Candar Hotel & Victorian Arcade stood next door until 1983 when they were destroyed by fire. The new buildings were opened by HRH Prince Charles & Lady Diana in their last official engagement as prince & princess of Wales in 1992.”
I actually approached the mayor of Ilfracombe with this idea in 1992 when I was a mere design graduate but he dismissed it coming up with every excuse under the sun from planning and red tape to health and safety (it may distract drivers and cause an accident!). Hopefully the local Council are more receptive to ideas these days.