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Filename: cxp01_01_079.jpg

Size: 6446 x 4827 (6.1MB)

Date: 19th August 2021

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

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Demolition at Whitehall Gardens CXP01_01_079

WHITEHALL GARDENS, WHITEHALL, CITY OF WESTMINSTER, GREATER LONDON. A view of the remains of Whitehall Gardens seen during demolition with a cupola on the War Office building visible in the background.
The Georgian town houses in Whitehall Gardens were demolished in 1938 to make way for the Board of Trade and Air Ministry Building, later the Ministry of Defence. However due to the Second World War the construction of the new building was only started after the war. The remains shown in this photograph may be that of Malmesbury House

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Media ID 22199929

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Demolition Destruction Gate Lodge Georgian Government Office House Loss And Loss And Destruction


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This print captures a moment of transformation and change in the heart of London. Titled "Demolition at Whitehall Gardens" the image showcases the remains of this once-grand Georgian townhouse complex during its demolition in 1938. The viewer's gaze is drawn to the foreground, where scattered debris and crumbling walls hint at a bygone era. In the background, we catch a glimpse of the iconic cupola atop the War Office building, serving as a reminder of both history and progress. This juxtaposition between destruction and preservation creates an intriguing visual narrative. Whitehall Gardens' fate was sealed to make way for the Board of Trade and Air Ministry Building, which would later become known as the Ministry of Defence. However, due to unforeseen circumstances brought on by World War II, construction on this new government office only commenced after hostilities ceased. The remnants depicted in this photograph may belong to Malmesbury House—a structure that once exuded elegance but now stands as a testament to loss and destruction. Through Charles William Prickett's lens, we are invited to reflect upon how time can reshape our urban landscapes while preserving fragments from our collective past. This historic image serves as a poignant reminder that even amidst change and upheaval, traces of our architectural heritage endure—reminding us not only of what has been lost but also inspiring us with visions for what lies ahead.

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