Law Courts by Street

Entrance, The Law Courts designed by George Edmund Street (1824-1881). 1868-1882

Compare this picture of entrance to the restored Street's Law Courts to that of the soot-covered one taken in Summer 1967. For a few years at least, Street's contemporaries had experienced his bright-stone structure, but within a few years London's heavy pollution darkened the original light colors. What effect do you expect that the polluted surfaces of such Neo-gothic structures had upon the way they were considered in the early years of modernism?

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Last modified 6 January 2006