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St. Olaf, Norway House, Cockspur Street, London W1, by an unknown sculptor. Left: Commerce. [detail: St. Olaf] ]

When architects Metcalfe and Greig were designing 21-24 Cockspur Street as war broke out in 1914 there was no tenant for the building, so the carving on the front had to be generic Edwardian aspirational rather than illustrating the particular genius of the occupants. Louis Fitz (sic) Roselieb, the son of a sculptor from Hanover who had become a naturalised Briton, was brought in to do the job. By the end of the War to End War, Roselieb had changed his name to Louis Frederick Roslyn and shortly afterwards the building got a facelift to transform it into Norway House. — Ornamental Passions

The fa├žade of Norway House showing the location of the sculptures.

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References

"Norway House." Ornamental Passions. Web. Viewed 9 August 2011.


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