1919-1945

Westminster Bank

51-53 Threadneedle Street and 9 Old Broad Street, EC2Built:  1922-1931Architect:  Arthur Joseph DavisLocation:  Threadneedle StreetListing:  Grade II*  (1971) Unlike some other large City ‘ground scrapers’ of the first half of the 20th C., this building does not benefit from the… Read More »Westminster Bank

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.

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

Scottish Widows

28-30 Cornhill, EC3 Built: 1934-1935 Architect:  William Curtis Green Location: Cornhill Listing: Grade II Progressing eastward along Cornhill, after the imposing colonnade of Lloyds Bank and the transitional Classic-Deco Commercial Union Assurance, we come to The London offices of Scottish… Read More »Scottish Widows

Commercial Union Assurance

23-27 Cornhill, EC3Built: 1929Architect:  Maurice WebbLocation: CornhillListing: Grade II (1977) The current building, in addition to forming part of a diverse, yet coherent, set of inter-war building along the South-Western side of Cornhill, has a rather unique history.  The Commercial… Read More »Commercial Union Assurance

Lloyds Bank

15-22 Cornhill, EC3 (and 71-77 Lombard Street)Built: 1927-30Architect:  Sir John Burnet + Campbell-Jones & SmithersLocation: CornhillListing: Grade II* Like its similarly dated counterparts on Poultry (The Midland Bank and National Westminster Bank), the Lloyds Bank building is representative of the… Read More »Lloyds Bank

Hudson Bay House

now Hasilwood House 52-68 Bishopsgate, EC2 Built: 1926-28 Architect:  Mewés & Davis Location: Bishopsgate Listing: Grade II (1977) The Hudson Bay Company was headquartered at various locations in the City since being founded, in the 17th century. Construction of Hudson Bay… Read More »Hudson Bay House