General Buildings, Aldwych

J. J. Burnet, London, 1911


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General buildings Aldwych 

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  • General buildings Aldwych    
  • Detail of lower part of facade    
  • The general office    
  • The board room    
  • Doorway in public waiting hall    
  • Upper part of doorway in public waiting hall    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Mezzanine floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Detail drawings    
  • Detail of broken pediments of ground-floor windows    
  • Detail showing eaves, end piers and fifth floor windows    
  • Detail of centre bay of main facade    
  • Detail showing masonry up to lintel of first floor window    
  • Scale drawing showing entrance to public waiting hall    

Curved fronted commercial building with steel frame construction for the General Accident, Fire and Life Assurance Co Ltd

The facade is of Portland stone with granite on the lower portion, with sculptural details by Albert Hodge, the caps to the granite columns are of black marble. The building has a steel frame on a raft of reinforced concrete and is fire-resistant throughout. The building exhibits a happy association between architecture and sculpture.

Access to the building is gained by the central entrance only. The entrance lobby is paved with Sicilian marble which leads to the main staircase on the right, and the fire resisting porch to the corporation offices on the left.

Passing through this porch, the corporation's main vestibule is reached. The vestibule is lighted by a dome of stained glass, constructed in steel and brass with antique hand-finished ribs.

On the right is the general office and to the left are private rooms occupied by the various managers. The rest of the building is given over to private rooms, a board room, stationary departments, private safes and telephone exchanges.


  • Completed: 1911
  • Sector: Office
  • Tender date: 1909
  • Address: 46 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4HN, United Kingdom

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