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This introductory essay highlights the key themes that appear in the four essays that make up the special issue: ‘Complex Interior Spaces in London, 1850–1930’, which focuses on street markets, railway stations, winter gardens and people's palaces, and a hospital. Those themes include complexity...
This paper examines London’s street markets as overlooked sites of consumer modernity, ‘complex interiors’ that were contested and contradictory spaces within the city. It asks whether the street markets can be seen as ‘architecture’, arguing that, despite their outdoor locations, shifting form,...
This article explores the transformation of London’s railway termini from relatively simple, often provisional structures, designed to meet the essential practical requirements of travel, to extensive multi-functioning passenger environments in which commercial, civic, and leisure activities...
This essay explores the interior spaces of three nineteenth-century, London-based, large-scale, multi-functional, public leisure centres — the Alexandra Palace, the Royal Aquarium and Summer and Winter Gardens, and the People’s Palace. Thanks to the possibilities of iron and glass, and the model...
The remodelling and enlargement of the London Hospital between 1884 and 1919 by the architect Rowland Plumbe modernised one of the largest general hospitals in Britain. The work almost entirely concealed the mid-eighteenth-century core of the hospital and extended its footprint beyond its...
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