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Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London: close-up of the stage with the organ exposed

RIBA5752
Downes, Ralph William (1904-1993)
NOTES: Ralph Downes built the organ and Leslie Martin was responsible for the decorative arrangement of pipes at the front. Its installation was not completed until 1955.

Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, City of London

RIBA6002
Townsend, Charles Harrison (1851-1928)

State Opera House, Dresden

RIBA7040
Semper, Gottfried (1803-1879)
NOTES: Originally known as the Konigliche Hoftheater, the Staatsoper (often known as the Semperoper) was designed by Gottfried Semper in 1838-1841, but burnt down in 1869. It was rebuilt under the direction of Semper's son, Manfred Semper.

St George's Hall, Lime Street, Liverpool

RIBA7044
Cockerell, Charles Robert (1788-1863)
NOTES: The design of this building was won in open competition by Harvey Lonsdale Elmes in 1839. Construction began in 1841 and after Elmes's death in 1847 work was continued by the Corporation Surveyor, John Weightman, until C. R. Cockerell took over as architect in 1851.

Queen's Hall and 1-2 Langham Place, seen from Regent Street, London

RIBA7816
Knightley, Thomas Edward (1823 or 4-1905)
SOURCE: Regent Street: a series of 57 views taken August 1910 (London, 1940) NOTES: Queen's Hall, designed by T. E. Knightley and C. J. Phipps, opened in 1893 and was famous for being where the Promenade concerts were founded in 1895. It was destroyed by an incendiary bomb in 1941 during the Blitz.

All Souls and Queen's Hall, Langham Place, seen from Regent Street, London

RIBA7817
Nash, John (1752-1835)
SOURCE: Regent Street: a series of 57 views taken August 1910 (London, 1940) NOTES: All Souls was designed in Classical Revival style by John Nash and built in 1822-1824. Severe damage to the roof was sustained following a World War II mine explosion in 1940, necessitating an extensive restoration scheme under the direction of Goodhart-Rendel which was completed in 1951. Queen's Hall, designed by T. E. Knightley and C. J. Phipps, opened in 1893 and was famous for being where the Promenade concerts were founded in 1895. It was destroyed by an incendiary bomb in 1941 during the Blitz.

Swift & Company's Open-Air Theatre, Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago

RIBA8075
Nelson, Donald Siegfried (1907-1992)
NOTES: The Swift Bridge of Service and Swift Open-Air Theatre were built for the second season of the Century of Progress International Exposition, July-October 1934.

St John's, Smith Square, Westminster, London

RIBA9149
Archer, Thomas (1668-1743)
NOTES: Built to designs by Thomas Archer in 1721-1728, this church was burnt out in 1941 during World War II. It was restored as a concert hall by Marshall Sisson in 1965-1969.

Lincoln center for the Performing Arts, New York

RIBA9463
Abramovitz, Max (1908-2004)

Municipal House (Obecni Dum), Prague

RIBA9523
Balsanek, Antonin (1865-1921)
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