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Monthly Archives: February 2020

Broomfield Park in Enfield, once a Tudor merchant’s estate with grand house, stables, rabbit warren, parterres and lakes, opened to the public in 1903. A large Portland stone plaque in the shape of a shell commemorates those involved, but it had become illegible over the years. HOLT is supporting a project to restore it with the Broomfield House Trust – careful cleaning and repair of the stonework, and recutting the letters so they are readable for all passers-by.

Today we were at Somerset House to see the restoration of the maritime sculptures on the South Wing, designed in the 1780s by Joseph Wilton. Shortly after its completion in 1786, the South Wing became home to the Navy Board and all its ornamentation is sea-themed….  HOLT gave a grant to restore the Portland stone Triton figures in the south-facing niches and the Neptune over the south entrance by Richard Rathbone, using the façade gommage technique.

We had a great visit this week to 55 Broadway, Charles Holden’s iconic building in Westminster, as it closed its doors for the last time as TfL’s HQ. Built in 1929 for the Underground Electric Railways Company of London, it was a bold architectural statement with sculptures by Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill and Henry Moore on its facade, beautiful modernist travertine interiors and ornamental bronze fittings. Edmund Bird, head of TfL’s heritage, gave us a fascinating tour, including up to the 10th floor roof gardens and 14th floor observation deck. Safe to say it’s still hard to beat those 360 degree views! The building is to be converted to a luxury hotel.