Britannic Grand Staircase


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Brian R Peterson

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Hi All!

I did a color rendition of the Britannic's Grand Staircase and wanted to post it for you.
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I am also working on the other public areas as well, so any information on colors and patterns would be appreciated.

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Brian
 
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Remco Hillen

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I think the decoration on the tiles in the GSC was green coloured...perhaps Daniel K can confirm(or dismiss
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Hi Remco!

I had spoken with Brian Hawley while making the green Olympic GSC and he said he believed the tiles to be "blue and reddy pink", which is the scheme I have shown - then I spoke privately with Dan K. and he told me that the tiles were blue with a yellow and green interlacing pattern, though neither of us are sure what color goes where. I am updating the picture, as well as my rendering of the green Olymic GSC, as it has the same tiles. I just finished my concept of the Britannic Pool and will be posting it shortly. I am starting the Britannic First Class Lounge soon, any information on carpet and upholstery patterns would be appreciated if available
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Brian R Peterson

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Hi All!

Here is the Britannic GSC with what I believe to be the correct tile pattern.

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Brian
 
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Brian R Peterson

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Hi All!

I corrected my Britannic Grand Staircase, I lightened the paneling to lighter oak, I added the accurate detailing to the glass dome and wrought iron balustrades and I rendered what I believe to be the correct tile colors. I think you will see immediately that my new version more accurately represents the staircase, although because I had to lower the resolution to make the file post to this page, much detail is lost.

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Brian
 

Nigel Bryant

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Nice depiction of the Britannic's main stairway. It does looks slightly more ornate than her two older sisters. I really like the tile design, as noted here before that design was also put on the Olympic after the war.

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Hi Nigel!

The new tiles on the Olympic were originally made for the Britannic, but due to the construction delays and the outbreak of WWI they were used on the Olympic instead and they may have been installed as early as her 1913 refit although they may exist, I have not seen any interior photos dated before 1920 to support this.

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Jeremy Lee

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So do the tiles still exist today or were they broken up together with the Olympic when she was scrapped? So is there any pictures showing the Olympic with the green tiles?
 

Eric Sauder

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Brian wrote: "The new tiles on the Olympic were originally made for the Britannic, but due to the construction delays and the outbreak of WWI they were used on the Olympic instead...."

Can you please provide a source for this, Brian?

Thank you.

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Jeremy Lee

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Have any of these tiles surfaced? I don't think I have ever seen such a tile before, whether it is blue with a yellow and green interlacing pattern, blue and reddy pink or green. Or is there any photograph of these tiles?
 
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Brian R Peterson

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Hi Eric,

I received this information through conversations with both Daniel Klistorner and Brian Hawley when I made the Olympic's green Grand Staircase drawing.

Hi Jeremy!

Yes if you can find photos of the Olympic's GSC after 1920 that show the floor tiles you can see a small portion of the design.

I can't say for sure if any of the tiles still exist, and the tiles would have been in in those colors but different patters and variations for different areas of the ship.

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Brian
 

Jeremy Lee

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Do you have any picture of the Olympic's GSC after 1920 showing the new "Britannic" tiles then because I have not seen a picture of her GSC that is taken from upstairs during that period.
 
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Brian R Peterson

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Hi Jeremy,

Here is a cropped photo from 1920 of the Olympic's GSC taken from Boat Deck looking towards the clock, the section I enlarged clearly shows the Britannic tile pattern

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Brian
 

Jeremy Lee

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Thanks for the photo Brian!
By the way, wouldn't it look odd, yellow and green interlacing pattern tiles with oak-coloured GSC?
No wonder the Olympic's GSC was painted green later - to match the tiles!
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The floor tiles came in a range of colors and these varied in each area, and I am not totally sure which color combinations and patters appeared in what areas.

I have no idea why the GSC was painted green, apparently ugly was the rage during the Art Deco era.

I would rather cut my hands off than deface that beautiful stairway!
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Brian
 

Jeremy Lee

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Don't tell me that blue with a yellow and green interlacing pattern and blue and reddy pink coloured "Britannic" tiles were mixed together on the GSC, although I don't think anyone would be stupid to do so. I cannot imagine how ROTSOME it would look like.
>>apparently ugly was the rage during the Art Deco era<<
The streamlined designs of the Art Deco period is nice, look at the Empire State and Chrysler Building is an example, or the Normandie's Dining Saloon, but unfortunately some colour-blind? idiot decided to paint the Olympic's GSC GREEN.
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Eric Sauder

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Brian:

Can you provide a source for your claim that the tiles in Olympic's staircase were originally made for Britannic.

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