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Old December 12th, 2013, 05:37 AM   #1
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British and Imperial classicism after 1930

I think there is a bit of an under-appreciation of the survival of classical architecture following the wars in the UK and the British Empire, especially after the Second World War, where it survived for quite some time... let's share.
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Sir Edwin Lutyens
100 King Street, Manchester, UK (1933-35)



















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Sir Albert Edward Richardson with Wimperis, Simpson & Fyffe
33 Grosvenor Place (fmr. AEI Building), London SW1 (1956–8)

This imposing building was the headquarters of Associated Electrical Industries, AEI, one of the many (state-owned) industrial conglomerates that dominated British industry in the post-war era, and presided over its decline, until the advent of Thatcherism and privatisation. Solid, imposing, and austere, it would be right at home in Whitehall as it is in Belgravia, facing the garden of Buckingham Palace. Pevsner regarded it as being "almost grotesquely reactionary", and while it does seem rather imperial for a time where the Empire was heading quickly towards the history books, it has stood the test of time, unlike most of its modernist contemporaries.







The building is further distinguished by its unique statuary designed by Maurice Lambert; six angelic telamons adorn its facade. If Pevsner's comment has any merit, it would be in reference to Lambert's sculptures, which distinctly resemble medieval grotesques. The angels seem to be strangling, impaling, or otherwise torturing female demons (succubi?), which could very well also be called grotesque in a more conventional sense.









Lambert also designed the "spires", giant bronze armillary spheres supported and surmounted by Dali-esque figures (if they could be called that) that crown the building on both ends (zodiacs?).

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Interestingly enough, the latest edition of Pevsner describes the building as "appealingly quirky", or, as I would read it, far, far superior to a glass box.

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25-35 Grosvenor Place, SW1
Ref: The barbaric edifice...
The Oxford Index: Sir Albert Edward Richardson
PGP: 33 Grosvenor Place, London
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Old November 1st, 2014, 02:00 PM   #4
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So violent when viewing those statues . But it so unique maybe they have some stories about those statues . It is nice building
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