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Royal Festival Hall and the Shot Tower, Festival of Britain, South Bank, London, seen from the Unicorn Cafe

RIBA Ref No RIBA44044
Architect/DesignerGoodden, Robert Yorke (1909-2002)
London County Council. Architects Department
Russell, Sir Gordon (1892-1980)
Artist/PhotographerGalwey, Reginald Hugo de Burgh (1917-1971)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1951
Image Date1951
StyleModern Movement
Library ReferenceAP141/122
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditArchitectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections
SubjectExhibition buildings ; Riverside buildings ; Cafeterias ; Canopies ; Concert halls ; Exhibitions ; Towers
NOTES: The Shot Tower, designed by David Riddal Roper, was built for Thomas Maltby & Company in 1826 and remained in use for the production of lead shot balls until 1949, after which it was incorporated into the scheme for the 1951 Festival of Britain on the South Bank of the River Thames. In 1950 the top of the tower was removed and a steel-framed superstructure was added instead, providing a radio beacon for the duration of the Festival. It was demolished after the Festival to make way for the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which opened in 1967. The Architects Department of the London Council Council designed the Royal Festival Hall and Gooden & Russell designed the Unicorn Cafe.

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