Wednesday, 11 June 2014
County Hall Apartments, York Road SE1
The grand entrances to County Hall Apartments, located behind the County Hall itself, are still marked 'The County Hall', as if Mrs Thatcher had never abolished the Greater London Council all those years ago.
The pair of blocks were designed by the LCC Architect's Department with advice from Sir Giles Gilbert Scott as offices for the council's thousands of officers controlling everything from town planning to vehicle registration. The initial phase was completed in 1939.
The entrances are guarded by stone lamp standards with delightful capitals carved by Alfred Oakley. One type features a school of leaping fish, the other a pod of leaping dolphins.