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Monday, 20 July 2015

27 King Street, Covent Garden


This building is on King Street near Covent Garden. The ground floor is used by Moss Bros a formal menswear specialist but it is the upper floors that attracted my attention.

The upper floors are occupied by the Sun Alliance and London Insurance group. The most notable decoration on the building is a wreathed portcullis surmounted by the Prince of Wales's Feathers.
There is also an ironwork balcony stretching across the front with ball finials. The building dates from the 1850's.



Looking closely you can see the words Fire Office written around the portcullis in the ironwork. Originally these were the offices of the Westminster Fire Office but that became a subsidiary of the Alliance in 1968.





24 comments:

  1. wow the balcony is very interesting

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  2. Interesting photos and history. In everything and in everyone, if we look carefully, we can see traces of what has come before.

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  3. That is a beautiful building.

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  4. Hello, it is a pretty building and I love the closeup of the portcullis decoration and the ironwork on balcony. Thanks for sharing, have a happy new week!

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  5. Beautiful place and great captures for he day as always!! Thank you for sharing!! Hope you enjoy a great new week -- camera in hand, of course!!

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  6. Great photos - the decorations on the buildings are beautiful. I wish some of our modern buildings were not so plain and utilitarian.

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  7. We had a Mass Brothers here in Tampa.

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  8. Love all the colorful details on this building!

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  9. This looks like a beautiful building. The iron work balcony designs look very well maintained for thier age.

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  10. There is firemark to look out for then

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  11. The designs on facade looks good.

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  12. A very handsome building and all the more so for the crests.

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  13. Some great looking buildings in London.

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  14. I love all those colorful details on buildings. They sure don't build 'em like they used to!

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  15. Fantastic building with lots of history. Wonderful piece of architecture.

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  16. Very nice details on the building.

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  17. I can see why they caught your eye! Excellent and creative shots!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  18. It serves as a reminder that we should all look up.

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  19. Beautiful building. The medallions and decorations, and gargoyles on beautiful old buildings are fascinating to me. I grew up in a small town in the western US, no old beautiful buildings. I never cease to wonder at City life!

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  20. What a beautiful building! Like the details!

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  21. What lovely, small details!

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  22. It often pays to look up in streetscapes - and to look at the building from the other side of the road!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  23. Interesting ! I will certainly go there on Saturday, so I have to look up !

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