Bomb site surrounding the obelisk spire of St Luke's, Old Street, Islington, London
|Architect/Designer||Hawksmoor, Nicholas (1661-1736)|
|Artist/Photographer||Galwey, Reginald Hugo de Burgh (1917-1971)|
|Library Reference||AP Box 183 Bomb damage|
|Colour Info||Black and white|
|Credit||Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections|
|Subject||Churches ; Ruins ; Spires ; Bomb sites|
NOTES: Built in 1723-1733, St Luke's was designed by John James, though the obelisk spire, west tower and flanking staircase wings were by Nicholas Hawksmoor. It suffered severe bomb damage in the Blitz of 1940 and its shell was left a ruin for 40 years in spite of it being a Grade 1 listed building. It was eventually converted into a concert hall, rehearsal, recording space and educational resource by Levitt Bernstein Architects in 2003.
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