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Lewisham Town Hall And Municipal Offices

Hob Uid: 1177481
Location :
Greater London Authority
Lewisham
Grid Ref : TQ3763073640
Summary : This municipal complex comprises a 1930s public hall, with attached council offices, built in two phases between 1958 and 1963, and a 1970s extension housing the council chamber and other civic spaces. However, the earliest municipal building on this site was a vestry hall erected in 1874-5 in a Gothic Revivial style to the designs of George Elkington. This building was enlarged in 1899-1901, probably in anticipation of local government reforms, and renamed Lewisham Town Hall. Following a competition a steel-framed extension clad in Portland stone was added, designed by Arthur John Hope of Bradshaw Gass & Hope, to house a theatre, offices and shops. This was treated in a broadly contemporary manner but with Gothic detailing to match the Victorian Town Hall. From 1949 a phased expansion and partial redevelopment of the site was under consideration, under the direction of the Borough Architect M H Forward. The first and second phases, a curved block of offices, went up in 1958-9 and 1961-3. The third phase, completed between 1968 and 1971, was the Civic Suite - housing the council chamber, committee rooms and mayors parlour - completed under Forward's successor, A Sutton. This was built on the site of the original vestry hall.
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Source Number : 1
Source : London's town halls : the architecture of local government from 1840 to the present
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Source Number : 2
Source : The Theatres Trust Guide to British Theatres 1750-1950 A Gazetteer
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Built 1874-5
Monument End Date : 1875
Monument Start Date : 1874
Monument Type : Local Government Office
Evidence : Demolished Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Extension built 1899-1901
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1899
Monument Type : Town Hall
Evidence : Demolished Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Built 1931-32
Monument End Date : 1932
Monument Start Date : 1931
Monument Type : Theatre, Local Government Office
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Built 1958-9
Monument End Date : 1959
Monument Start Date : 1958
Monument Type : Local Government Office
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Built 1961-3
Monument End Date : 1963
Monument Start Date : 1961
Monument Type : Local Government Office
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Demolition 1968
Monument End Date : 1968
Monument Start Date : 1968
Monument Type : Town Hall
Evidence : Demolished Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Built 1969-71
Monument End Date : 1971
Monument Start Date : 1969
Monument Type : Civic Centre
Evidence : Extant Building

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External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 95852
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TQ 37 SE 12
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : INVESTIGATION BY RCHME/EH ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-11-14
End Date : 1995-11-14
Associated Activities : RCHME: LONDON TOWN HALLS RAPID SURVEY
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1996-07-01
End Date : 1996-10-31