Adelaide House

Sir John Burnet & Partners, London, 1925


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The main front from Adelaide Place 

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  • The main front from Adelaide Place    
  • From London Bridge    
  • The main front    
  • Corner detail    
  • The main front    
  • Entrance detail    
  • Entrance gates    
  • A detail of the main entrance    
  • View from Lower Thames Street    
  • View from the river    
  • The entrance hall    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Cross section    
  • Front elevation    
  • Rear elevation (left) and elevation to Lower Thames Street    
  • The first sketch design for Adelaide House, from a drawing by T S Tait    
  • A second design for Adelaide House, from a drawing by T S Tait    
  • The third design    
  • The final design    
  • The river front    

Steel-framed 11-storey 1920s office building next to the Thames at London Bridge

When completed in 1925 the building was the tallest in London, at 43m. It contains offices on nine floors above ground, with storage on two floors below ground, and a warehouse at one end for goods arriving from the river.

The building incorporated modern features such as central ventilation, an internal mail system and a roof-top golf course.

Influenced by Chicago skyscrapers, the architect's decision to move away from the classical style was innovative. The structural steel frame is clad with Portland stone and grey granite facing. The façade has a strong vertical emphasis with elements of Egyptian and Greek ornamentation.

The low entrance has black marble pseudo-doric columns below carved decorations. Metal stars which feature in the entrance gates are continued as decorative elements above the windows on the main façade. A large coved cornice is set below the top storey.


  • Begun: 1924
  • Completed: 1925
  • Sector: Office
  • Address: London Bridge Approach , London, EC4R 9HA, United Kingdom

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