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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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Old December 12th, 2013, 05:44 AM   #2
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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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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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Kensington Central Library

Kensington, London

Built: 1958–1960

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Barnsley Town Hall

South Yorkshire, England

Built: 1932-1933

Architect: Arnold Thornely



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Senate House

London, England

Built: 1932-1937

Commissioned by: University of London

Architect: Charles Holden



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Library at Lady Margaret Hall

Oxford, England

Built: 1959–1963

Architect: Raymond Erith




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Great House

Dedham, Essex, England

Built: 1937-1938

Architect: Raymond Erith




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100 Pall Mall

St. James's, London

Built: 1959

Architect: Donald McMorran








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This building is impressive and very close to my heart, as I passed it every day for a few years while staying at Gordon Place!!!



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Another great example of Art Deco buildings in London, the legacy of the masterwork of Charles Holden. I had the privilege to attend
numerous seminars and lectures at the Birkbeck College next to that magnificent building!!!


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I would like to share some recent pictures of the latest addition to this architectural compound. Designed by John Simpson Architects -
this is a new entrance and the gates to the Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford College.

Big thanks to Notgnirracen for posting the pictures of Kensington Central Library, Senate House and of course the main building of Lady Margaret Hall!!!

Please see the new entrance below:







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Wow, now that's a building with character!

I don't think I've seen an uneven anta before. Also, I really like the mini-fluting on the Doric columns. Not so sure about the huge holes in the pediment from an aesthetical standpoint, but I'm guessing they got them from the Tomb of Eurysaces the Baker, so maybe they aimed at some sort of symbolism of commemoration? Would love to have heard the architect's explanation of all the details here!
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Wood Street Police Station

London

Built: 1963-1966

Architect: Donald McMorran



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Suffolk Record Office

Bury St Edmunds

Built: 1963-1965

Architect: Donald McMorran




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Hammersmith Police Station

London

Built: 1939

Architect: Donald McMorran



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Preston Town Hall

Lancashire

Built: 1933-1934

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Manchester Central Library

Manchester, England

Built: 1930-1934

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I don't think I've seen an uneven anta before. Also, I really like the mini-fluting on the Doric columns. Not so sure about the huge holes in the pediment from an aesthetical standpoint, but I'm guessing they got them from the Tomb of Eurysaces the Baker, so maybe they aimed at some sort of symbolism of commemoration? Would love to have heard the architect's explanation of all the details here!
An excellent description is given by Notgnirracen of that innovative approach to the entrance design. I guess Notgnirracen is right by comparing the holes in the pediment with the Tomb of Eurysaces the Baker in Rome. Unfortunately, I can't comment if that was the initial idea by JSA but tend to think that his (Notgnirracen) suggestion more than likely a correct one. And that's why. John Simpson Architects are one of the leading architects in the UK who are working in the classical tradition and I'm sure well aware of the Tomb architectural design. Mind you, the new design for LMH included not just the entrance on its own but the creation of two new quadrangles on the territory of the LMH compound. The entrance is a part of one quadrangle. The whole concept was done in the best tradition of the original design of LMH ( 1878).

On their site, JSA stated: " The design for the new masterplan includes two new quadrangles and builds upon the tradition of LMH to enhance the work of notable architects such as Reginald Blomfield, Giles Gilbert-Scott and Raymond Erith."

Please find the links to the JSA below

http://www.johnsimpsonarchitects.com...aret-Hall.html

and Oxford University LMH site

https://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/alumni/new-...2017/architect

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Plans and Drawings of LMH New Era Project

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Building of the phase 2, LMH project

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