Rebuild << Rewind: The Bank – Rothschild
History has always had a special meaning in the City of London, the place where the capital began. From a street that remembers a buried tributary of the Thames in its route or a bygone activity in its name to a green oasis that was once a churchyard, the past has always pressed in on the present.
Where successive buildings have been erected on the same spot for the same patron, the layering of site, client and architect is especially powerful. Step behind today’s façade as author Chris Rogers discusses four such locations and reveals fascinating architectural connections – including fragments, routes and even rooms – across three generations of rebuilding at each.
In this week’s opening talk find out how every designer for private bank Rothschild on St Swithin’s Lane, from Thomas Marsh Nelson in Queen Victoria’s reign to contemporary starchitect Rem Koolhaas, has remembered the founder’s first premises there – a house with a courtyard, leased two hundred years ago.
The other talks cover a craftsmen’s guild, an insurance market and a commercial firm, and are held at the same place and time each Wednesday in June (see listings for the 14th, 21st and 28th). Booking is required but they are free of charge and can be enjoyed individually or as a series. So travel back in time this summer, and discover how memories of the Square Mile’s ownership, activities and pathways are preserved in its architecture.
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