TQ3080 : Somerset House, Strand

taken 7 years ago, near to City of London, Great Britain

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Somerset House, Strand
Somerset House, Strand
A particularly noble and dignified facade, as befitting the academic style of its architect, William Chambers, then Comptroller of the Office of Works. Somerset House was the civil service's first office block. Built 1776-80. Ground floor of windows set into a rusticated arcade (TQ3080 : Detail of Somerset House, Strand (1)), the three central arches providing access to the courtyard and buildings behind (TQ3080 : Detail of Somerset House, Strand (3)). Then a straight sequence of windows between attached Corinthian columns. The central three bays are crowned by an attic with carved figures, oval windows and swags. All very Roman. Grade I listed.
View of the river front: TQ3080 : Somerset House, Victoria Embankment (1).
It is now largely an arts and cultural centre. In winter, the courtyard, formerly the taxmen's car park, is turned into a popular ice rink.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 9 July, 2011   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 25 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Public buildings and spaces 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3072 8086 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.6932N 0:7.0601W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3073 8092
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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