Third Church of Christ, Scientist. Architects: Lanchester & Rickards. 1910-12; tower added 1931-3; partially demolished 1980. Location: 7, Curzon Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5HG. [Click on photographs to enlarge them.]
Bradley and Pevsner comment that the 1980 demolition of part of the building preserved “the remarkably secular-looking front, which faces s[outh] down Half Moon Street. It might be the entrance to a prosperous insurance company,” adding that the cornice, tower, and frieze attempt to imitate Wren's churches, but the result is “more massive and less articulate” (485).
Two details of the façade: Left: The heavy decoration around the windows. Right: “The giant niche.”
Photographs, text, and formatting by George P. Landow. [You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL.]
Bradley, Simon, and Nikolaus Pevsner. London 6: Westminster. “The Buildings of England.” New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2003.
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