Guildhall London Building, Medieval Structure, Photo, Design, Property, Picture
Guildhall London : Architecture
Historic City of London Building: Information + Images, England, UK
10 Sep 2012
Location: northwest part of the City of London
Address: Gresham St, London EC2V 7HH
Phone: 020 7606 3030
Photo © Keepclicking – added 10 September 2012:
Situated in the heart of the City of London, the world’s leading financial and business centre, this rare and magnificent medieval Grade I listed landmark offers a spectacular backdrop for corporate events and banquets. With a clientele that includes leading international companies, charities, organisations, professional and academic bodies, Guildhall offers a unique combination of an esteemed historical setting whilst being fully equipped with excellent facilities for modern business requirements.
The current building was begun in 1411 and completed in 1440, and it is the only stone building not belonging to the Church to have survived through to the present. The complex contains several other historic interiors besides the hall, including the large medieval crypts, the old library, and the print room, all of which are now used as function rooms.
The Great Hall did not completely escape damage in 1666; it was partially restored – with a flat roof – in 1670. The present grand entrance (the east wing of the south front), in “Hindoostani Gothic”, was added in 1788 by George Dance (and restored in 1910). A more extensive restoration than that in 1670 was completed in 1866 by City of London architect Sir Horace Jones, who added a new timber roof in close keeping with the original. This replacement was destroyed during The Second Great Fire of London on the night of 29/30 December 1940, the result of a Luftwaffe fire-raid. It was replaced in 1954 during works designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.
Context to the south:
photos © Adrian Welch
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