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Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London: the east elevation

RIBA14473
London County Council. Architects Department

Royal Festival Hall, Festival of Britain, South Bank, London: the temporary back wall clad in asbestos cement sheets with the Shot Tower in the right background

RIBA14474
London County Council. Architects Department
NOTES: The Royal Festival Hall was designed by the LCC Architects Department and opened in 1951 for the Festival of Britain. 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.

Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London: the vestibule

RIBA14475
London County Council. Architects Department

Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London: first floor balcony entrance

RIBA14477
London County Council. Architects Department

Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London: the entrance foyer and vestibule

RIBA14480
London County Council. Architects Department

Royal Festival Hall, seen during the Festival of Britain, South Bank, London: crowds watching a show in front of the 1851 Centenary Pavilion

RIBA14487
Casson, Sir Hugh Maxwell (1910-1999)
NOTES: The London County Council Architects Department was responsible for the Royal Festival Hall while Hugh Casson with James Gardner designed the 1851 Pavilion.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London

RIBA15268
Greater London Council. Department of Architecture & Civic Design

Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London

RIBA15269
Greater London Council. Department of Architecture & Civic Design
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