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42 Kingsway

Gazetteer No. G0169


Address London, Greater London WC2B 6EX England


Office block. 1908-9. With facade and hall by Edwin Lutyens, and plan by Pilditch and Company. Portland stone with rusticated ground, 1st and 2nd floor. Modified Classical style. 6 storeys and attic. Double fronted with 3 windows. Square-headed ground floor openings flanked by distyle-in-antis Greek Doric order pilasters rising through ground and 1st floor. All windows casements with leaded panes except the ground floor which has plate glass. Left hand entrance with head on keystone; right entrance replaced by a window. 2nd floor windows with vertically set sidelights. Architraved 3rd and 4th floor windows. Entablature with modillion cornice at 5th floor level. 5th floor windows with voussoirs and flanked by enriched pilasters carrying secondary cornice below balustraded parapet. Pediment flanked by chimney-stacks. INTERIOR: not inspected but noted to contain a vaulted hall. HISTORICAL NOTE: built for William Robinson, proprietor of ‘The Garden’. (Historic England, list entry 1379258)


Historic England. 40 AND 42, KINGSWAY. [Online] Available from:

Also Cited In

Cherry B & Pevsner N (1998) LONDON 4: NORTH. The Buildings of England. New Haven: Yale University Press.

REILLY, C.H., 1923. LONDON STREETS AND THEIR RECENT BUILDINGS– VII: KINGS WAY. Country Life (Archive : 1901 – 2005), 53(1371), pp. 495-498.

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William Robinson