Carved Tree on Façade
Charles Harrison Townsend (1851-1928)
These trees somewhat oddly combine Art Nouveau roots with the kinds of leaves found in much earlier Victorian work.
According to the Institute site, "Bishopsgate Institute was built using funds from charitable endowments made to the parish of St Botolph without Bishopsgate. These had been collected by the parish for over 500 years, but a scheme agreed by the Charity Commissioners in 1891, enabled these to be drawn together into one endowment. Reverend William Rogers (1819-1896), Rector of St Botolph's and a notable educational reformer and supporter of free libraries was instrumental in setting up the Institute and ensuring that the original charitable aims were met. "
Photograph and text by George P. Landow
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