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Royal Horticultural Society New Hall, Westminster

Description: Royal Horticultural Society New Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 May 1983
English Heritage Building ID: 209946

OS Grid Reference: TQ2963378987
OS Grid Coordinates: 529633, 178987
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4950, -0.1340

Location: Greycoat Lane, Westminster, London SW1P 2 SW1P 1BT

Locality: Westminster
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: SW1P 1BT

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Listing Text

100/25 ;105/1
24.5.83 Royal Horticultural
society New Hall
__ II*
Exhibition hall. 1923-28 by Murray Easton and Howard Robertson. Brown
brick and stone entrance administrative block behind which is the
innovatory concrete framed exhibition hall with brick infill. The
forebuilding has an early stripped-classical modern facade. 5 storeys
including mezzanines to 1st and 4th floors. 6-window wide centre between
slightly advanced end bays. Ground floor of centre, with range of glazed
doorways at head of steps and mezzanine above, are advanced in segmental
curve and are both stone faced. The brick faced stone banded upper floors
have plain stone surrounds to range of windows with metal casements. Block
cornice finishes off front above top mezzanine. The hall behind has blind
side walls above which are 4 tiers of stepped-back clerestories. The
interior exposes the structural reinforced concrete frame of tall parabolic
arches which begin as square piers; flat roofed top-lit aisles,
clerestories and domed top lights; 3 tall lights with 2 transoms in north
east end wall. No doubt Easton was more particularly responsible for the
introduction of this form of construction, the first of its kind in
Britain, derived from Scandinavian timber construction of the early 1920s-
Max Berg's 1922 exhibition pavilion at Breslau and more particularly the
reinforced concrete work of Hennebique and Freyssinet (Orly airship hangars
1921 etc.)

Listing NGR: TQ2963378987

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Source: English Heritage

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