Lost London – The Mappin & Webb building…

May 3, 2019

A much-fought for building in the City of London, the neo-gothic Mappin & Webb building was built in the 19th century as a branch of the royal jewellers, Mappin & Webb.

Located on the corner of Poultry and Victoria Street opposite Mansion House – the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London, the triangular-shaped building was designed by John Belcher and completed in 1870.

The building, which featured a cone-roofed tower on the main corner of the site, was granted Grade II status

Following a long – and complicated – battle over the future of the site (which involved no less than Prince Charles), the Mappin & Webb building was demolished in 1994.

The site is now 1 Poultry, which was completed in 1997 and subsequently became the youngest building to be listed as Grade II*. It was designed by James Stirling and is considered an exemplar of post-modernist architecture.

PICTURE: The Mappin & Webb building in 1993 (Derek Voller (licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0))

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2 Responses to “Lost London – The Mappin & Webb building…”

  1. @architectural_tour_london Says:

    That’s an excellent find!

  2. artandarchitecturemainly Says:

    I know Mappin and Webb very well from impressive silver and silver plated art objects, but not for architecture. Whoever had the Mappin & Webb building demolished in 1994 should be locked in a small gaol cell with a hungry crocodile.

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