luisa wrote:It might not happen, it is up to the housing department.
Local residents, businesses and the elected councillors don't want it, would the housing department go against everyone's stated wishes?
graham wrote:The northern wall is finished with Sicilian marble splints, one of the largest architectural displays of Italian marble in London. Each splint is about the size of a house brick.
- All of which have survived the half century since they were installed
Right now I can hear contractors drilling into the marble on the east side, to bolt in the scaffolding. The cost of repairing the damage they are doing will be astronomical, and trying to find a match for the marble pieces they are destroying will be difficult.
In the vestibule, under the ceramic tiles which were glued down in the late 80's, there are 20 foot long pieces of marble flooring, with brass linings.
The abstract concrete murals on the walls by the entrance are similarly concealed, but peep over the tiles, giving an indication of the work that went into this people's palace during its design and construction.
graham wrote:There were some mono photos in the Architects Journal, a copy of which is now buried in my archives. If it ever surfaces, I will post.
The top of the abstract mural is still visible at the entrance to Draper, partially obscured by the 'No Ball Games' sign.
Shame the Section 106 money to clean the outside could not also be used to reveal the presumably original sumptuous sounding entrance.[/quote wrote:
Section 106 agreement for cleaning facade was only an allowance of £50'000 - the scaffolding alone costs a multiple of this sum....
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