Category Archives: London

Corners in architecture: Canted, chamfered, and rounded

I have this thing for corners that are rounded, canted, or chamfered, especially door and window entrances. I really learned to appreciate them through Preservation in Mississippi. Apparently, though, I have liked them for a long time, since I took … Continue reading

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Along the Thames: Hungerford and Golden Jubilee Bridges

Charing Cross Station is the access point for trains crossing the Thames on the Hungerford Bridge. This bridge was opened in 1864. In 2002, the Golden Jubilee footbridges were opened on either side of the Hungerford. The R. L. Hispaniola … Continue reading

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Street Painting on London’s South Bank

On our stroll down the South Bank of the River Thames, we saw a variety of street performances. Apparently, London and the South Bank have quite a reputation for street art and there are sanctioned spaces for doing street art, … Continue reading

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The London Eye: Millennium Wheel

The second day in London we took a stroll down to the River Thames after I finished my presentation. It was fairly clear and sunny that morning and early afternoon, but turned cloudy before long, so we headed back to … Continue reading

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Piccadilly Circus

The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain at Piccadilly Circus opened to some controversy in 1893. Atop the fountain was the statue designed by Mr. Alfred Gilbert which was described: …a life-sized winged youth executed in aluminium, of the weight of about 7 … Continue reading

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My friends and I saw STOMP in New York City, 1994. My colleague and I had a conference presentation, and we jokingly said, “anyone wants to go, we’ll give you a ride to the airport with us.” To our surprise, … Continue reading

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The Original Architectural Twin Theatres: Waldorf and Aldwych

Yes, that’s right…before the architectural twins of Hicks Theatre (the Gielgud) and Queen’s Theatre (the Sondheim) were designed and constructed in 1906 and 1907, the Waldorf Theatre opened May 22, 1905 followed by its twin on the other end of … Continue reading

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Architectural Twin: The Queens Theatre

The Queens opened in 1907, an architectural twin to the one on the other end of the block: Hicks Theatre, renamed Gielgud in 1994. See the comparison: One could be excused for thinking “twins?” The obvious similarities are the corner … Continue reading

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The Gielgud Theatre

Next along the row of theatres is the Gielgud on the corner. The Gielgud opened in 1906 as the Hicks Theatre, as it was constructed for Seymour Hicks, a British actor, playwright, and manager. W. G. R. Sprague designed the … Continue reading

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The Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue

As previously noted, next to the Lyric Theatre–the oldest original building on the theatre street–sits the Apollo, and further down the street on the corner, the Gielgud. The Apollo opened February 21, 1901, with the American musical The Belle of … Continue reading

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