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Tudor Building, Liberty department store, Regent Street, London

Posted in Architecture, Arts and Crafts, Historical articles, History, London, Ships, Trade on Wednesday, 31 July 2013

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Main entrance in the facade of Liberty department store, Great Marlborough Street, off Regent Street, London.

The Tudor building of the Liberty department store was built while the substantial premises on Regent Street were being renovated. It allowed the firm to continue trading, and the magnificent wing was completed in 1924 when the fashion for neo-Tudor architecture was at its height. The architects were father and son Edwin T. and Edwin S. Hall, who designed the long structure around three light wells, serving as large landings off which lay several smaller rooms, not unlike the layout of a country house. Arthur Liberty wished to replicate the experience of domestic comfort for shoppers visiting the store, and scale was an important tool in achieving this effect. The timbers used in this unique half-timbered building came from two ships, HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan. Indeed, the length of the shop frontage on Great Marlborough Street is exactly that of the Hindustan.

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