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Friday, 29 November 2013

The Past Stardom of Transport

In the 1920's transport ruled.  The movers and shakers of the time had grand visions for the role of public transport.  This grand building was the central offices for London Transport, the tallest in the capital for the period.  The top sculptures were commissioned to create the works of art that adorn the building in each direction (this being the north east view).  The building is set out in a manner similar to many churches in that it is laid out like a Latin Cross with a tower at the crossing.

I would love to see the interior, but sadly that is now very unlikely.  If only I had realised visits were possible during Heritage weekend in September, because now the building is to be sold.  Yes you got it… more luxury apartments, St James Park is a very desirable address.


13 comments:

Andy said...

This build is truly from an era when buildings were grand. There's no comparison to today's slick all glass exteriors.

John said...

Grand, but also a touch 'brutal' - a kind of 'granite chic'.

Bill Nicholls said...

You may yet get a chance to vist and there is no harm in asking the new owners

Jenny Woolf said...

Grrr, I was wondering how long it would last. I am utterly dismayed at this crazy idea to turn yet more of our high streets in to apartments etc. and comprehensively redevelop - yikes! back to the worst excesses of the 1960s it sounds like.

Adullamite said...

Super 1920's building. Will make great flats for rich foreigners.

llandudnopictures said...

They certainly built solid looking structures back then!

Stefan Jansson said...

I guess you will have to buy an apartment then!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Rather than Steffan's suggestion, maybe you should have a friend buy an apartment there.

Sharon said...

Maybe they will offer you a tour when the apartments are complete so that you can post about it. That is exactly what I think should happen.

LONDONLULU said...

Just what London needs, more luxury apartments! A shame, a beautiful grand building. They don't build them like they used to (and thank goodness London still places some priority on public transportation, unlike many cities stateside...)

William Kendall said...

It's a beautiful building. A real shame it's going to end up redeveloped like that.

Mandy Southgate said...

Oh, no. Not more luxury apartments!

Lawrence Kreger said...

Oh no, New York City has gone through enough nonsense with turning great old buildings into luxury apartments...this kind of gentrification benefits " the 1%"of society only

Sad to see this beautiful London landmark going like this...

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