Category Archives: Modernism

Bank of Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain, Mississippi is probably most widely known for being home to Blue Mountain College.  The former Bank of Blue Mountain on the corner of Railroad Avenue and Main Street was established in 1905 when the bank purchased the site … Continue reading

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Buckingham Gate

Which building does not match the style of the others?  Yes, another of those somewhat jarring juxtapositions–and yes, my favorite word of the month right now.  This is Buckingham Gate road, which runs from Birdcage Walk along side of portions … Continue reading

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100 Victoria Street, London

Another of the fascinating modernism buildings in London is Cardinal Place at 100 Victoria Street. If ever a project embodied the idea of transformation, it’s this one. (Landsec website) The building, which houses office and retail space along with restaurants and … Continue reading

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The Great Hall, Morton’s Gatehouse, St. Mary-at-Lambeth, and The Perspective

Sometimes, I cannot see the forest for the trees.  Whilst looking back at the modernist buildings appearing in photographs of London, I discovered I had another view of Lambeth Palace, previously profiled.  To the left of Morton’s Tower, also called … Continue reading

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Unicorn Theatre, London

Another of the modern glass buildings in London is the Unicorn Theatre on Tooley Street.  Caryl Jenner founded the Unicorn Theatre in 1947 as a “purpose-designed theatre for children.”  The modern new building, designed by Keith Williams and containing two … Continue reading

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Morton’s Gatehouse, Lambeth Palace

In Survey of London: Volume 23, Lambeth: South Bank and Vauxhall (Roberts, H., & Godfrey, W. H., Eds. (1951). Lambeth Palace, 81-103.), British History Online provided access to the history of ‘The Gateway or Morton’s Tower’, built 1490-1495 by John Morton, Archbishop of … Continue reading

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Royal Exchange Western Portico, London

The Royal Exchange was constructed 1841-1844 by Sir William Tite, and is listed as a grade 1 building per Historic England.  It is constructed of Portland stone, and the western portico features eight columns and sculptured figures in the typanum … Continue reading

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City Hall on River Thames–Updated

The City Hall building on the south bank of River Thames near London’s Tower Bridge is “despite its name…not in and does not serve a city” according to Wikipedia.  It was designed by Norman Foster and constructed between 2000 and … Continue reading

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Incongruous: the Gerkin and the London Tower

Something one does not expect to see: a huge glass cigar-shaped (or as known in London, a pickle-shaped) building through the walls of London’s Tower.  According to A View on Cities, several modern or futuristic buildings have been constructed in … Continue reading

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Cave Theatre

The 1945-46 Cave Theatre is a brick veneer building with ‘Modernistic’ details (Louisiana Department of Historic Preservation).  It seated 476 patrons when opened.  A particularly impressive detail is the curved-front ticket booth, pictured below in the right corner of the … Continue reading

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