Saturday, 18 February 2012

Royal College of Organists

A few doors up from yesterdays building is the stunning Royal College of Organists (of the musical type not internal body parts!). Following the Great Exhibition of 1851 a number of grand buildings sprang up around the area. So grand was it all that the area earned the nickname Albertoplis. The architect was Lt. H. H. Cole a military engineer. I was a little surprised to learn that someone from that background would create something so exquisite and ornate. That was until I learned his father assisted him. Dad played a major role in the Great Exhibition and the V&A. He also designed the first postage stamp and the first Christmas card.

16 comments:

Perler på snor / Dorthe DK said...

You give me dreams - so quite tremendously - to come to London soon again!
Nice weekend, Mo.

:-) Dorthe

Steffe said...

Wow, that is a beautiful old building.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I'm going to have to pay a visit soon. That's an astonishing building.

Luis Gomez said...

What a great looking place Mo!

jabblog said...

It's beautiful - like Wedgwood.

Adullamite said...

There are a few more like that around.

ASHHHHHhhhhh said...

Very Beautiful and nice...
Luxury Architecture Design

Anna said...

Such charm and beauty!

Sharon said...

Wow, this is a wonderful, almost whimsical building! I love it.

Riet said...

Another beautiful building in that neighbourhood.

Jack said...

Amazing, amazing building. It needs to be looked at very carefully.

Jenny Woolf said...

And I think there is a wing dedicated to him in the V & A, too. I have always wondered about this building, so thanks for the information.

Dave said...

What a beautiful building Mo. I shall have to search it out next time I'm in London.

Gunn said...

What a unique and very pretty building! Hope to see it one day.

Alexander said...

Beautiful building and very pretty facade.

Alexander
Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

Peter James said...

Round the corner is the ornate facade of the Henry Cole Wing of the V&A in Exhibition Rd