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Blackwell House

Guildhall Yard, 23 King Street, EC2Built: 1905Architect:  not recordedLocation: Gresham StreetListing:  Not listed This building’s style is early French renaissance with idiosyncratic elements like the Ionic capitals on engaged octagonal pilasters, a bowed central bay and an attic storey with… Read More »Blackwell House

Goldsmiths’ Hall

13 Foster Lane, EC2   (at the corner with Gresham Street)Built: 1829-1835Architect:  Philip HardwickLocation: Gresham StreetListing: Grade I   (1950) From its beginning, the hall faced Foster Lane, since Gresham Street was not created until well after the current building was erected. … Read More »Goldsmiths’ Hall

Gresham Street

Up to the 1840s, the area surrounding the Guildhall (between Cheapside, London Wall, Saint Martin Le Grand and Coleman Street) did not feature any major east-west avenue, but rather a hodgepodge of narrow lanes.  In 1845, Lad Lane and Cateaton… Read More »Gresham Street

Furness House

52-56 Leadenhall Street & 105-106 Fenchurch Street, EC3Built:  1919-1921Architect:  Marcus Evelyn Collins, Owen Hyman Collins, Leo Sylvester SullivanLocation:  Leadenhall and AldgateListing:  Not listed This large office building was erected as the London offices of the Furness & Withy shipping conglomerate. … Read More »Furness House

Lloyds of London

(former frontispiece) 12-19 Leadenhall Street, EC3Built:  1925-1928Architect:  Sir Edwin CooperLocation:  LeadenhallListing:  Grade II  (1972) The site here is largely occupied by Richard Rogers’ 1986 complex of office blocks in High Tech style, surely one of the most iconic buildings of the… Read More »Lloyds of London

Grace & Co.

(currently ‘Grace Hall’) 147-148 Leadenhall Street, EC3Built:  1926-1927Architect: J W O’ConnorLocation:  LeadenhallListing:  Grade II  (1990) This 1920s building was designed by New York-based J. W. O’Connor and the style is reminiscent of the neoclassical style fashionable there in the earlier, pre-war… Read More »Grace & Co.

Leadenhall Market

89-90 Gracechurch Street, EC3   (also, numbering from 1 to 74 within the market)Built: 1880-1881Architect:  Sir Horace JonesLocation: between Leadenhall Street and Gracechurch StreetListing: Grade II*   (1972) The current Leadenhall Market is not so much a single building as a miniature… Read More »Leadenhall Market

Rock Life Assurance

15 New Bridge Street, EC4Built: 1908-1909Architect:  See note (*)Location: New Bridge StreetListing: Grade II   (1974) Between the graceful, Georgian Bridewell Hospital Gatehouse (N. 14) and the more ornate Victorian London Missionary Society (N. 16-18) rises an elegant facade, at N.… Read More »Rock Life Assurance

Unilever House

100 Victoria Embankment, EC4Built: 1930-32Architect:  James Lomax-Simpson and Burnet, Tait & PartnersLocation: New Bridge Street and Victoria EmbankmentListing: Grade II   (1977) This imposing building occupies a prominent location as New Bridge Street curves towards and into Victoria Embankment, facing Blackfriars… Read More »Unilever House