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Rebuild << Rewind: The Office – Eagle Star

Event Type: Talks & Debates

Event Date: Wed 28 June

Event Time: Start Time: 18:00 - End Time: 19:30

by Chris Rogers

PLP Architecture Ibex House, 42-47 Minories, London, EC3N 1DY

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The Victorian statue hints at the previous incarnations of 1 Threadneedle Street

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.

This final talk looks at three impressive blocks occupying the prestigious address of 1 Threadneedle Street, all built by the commercial firm Eagle Star. Those from before and after World War 2 were for its own use; a surprisingly subtle Post-Modernist successor by Fitzroy Robinson was for rental to others, yet its presence and surroundings echo both.

The other talks cover a private bank, a craftsmen’s guild and an insurance market and are held at the same place and time each Wednesday in June (see listings for the 7th, 14th and 21st). 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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