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Congress House in The Shrieking Violet Issue 22…

Front CoverI’ve recently had another of my attempts at writing published in The Shrieking Violet, so a big thanks to Natalie for that.

It’s a short piece about one of the least known modern architectural masterpieces in London, which also houses one of the best modernist sculptures ever carved (imho obviously…)

The commission to design a headquarters building in Central London for the Trades Union Congress was won in one of the first and largest post war, open architectural competitions by the then (and even now) little known architect David Du Rieu Aberdeen in 1948. War shortages, changes to the brief and politics delayed the project start until the early 1950’s, so that it wasn’t until 1957 that the building, with Jacob Epstein’s truly wonderful and unforgettable memorial at its heart, was finally opened for business.

Why not visit the excellent Shrieking Violet and read the whole piece? It’s an interesting story about the challenges of getting something brand new and very modern, built in a city that was still struggling to provide basic infrastructure and housing after the devastation of the War…


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