Central London - venue tbc
Doors open 6pm, lecture starts 6.30pm
Lecture given by Dr Mervyn Miller
The Young Georgians have joined with the Lutyens Trust for a series of two lectures on the work of Edwin Lutyens.
This, the second lecture in the series, will consider how Lutyens responded to London in his work, not only in the metropolis. His affection and knowledge of the buildings in the City, particularly the Wren Churches and St Paul’s Cathedral was reflected in his buildings far and wide, including the British School in Rome, where he was required to reproduce the upper west front of St Paul’s. His major commercial buildings of the ‘twenties and ’thirties included Britannic House, Finsbury Circus; the former Midland Bank HQ in Poultry (now restored as ‘The Ned’), the Piccadilly branch (now Maison Assouline); and the former Reuters building in Fleet Street feature progressive classical roof silhouettes, corners which open up as the building rises and games with rustication including the notorious ‘disappearing pilasters’. The former Crane HQ at 120 Pall Mall featured the ‘Delhi’ order with its temple bell adorned capitals. The Mercantile Marine Memorial on Tower Hill is one of Lutyens's finest classical war memorials. As President of the Royal Academy, near the end of his life, Lutyens led a team of architects and produced a reconstruction plan for London, distilled from his core conviction of a sense of place reconstituted in classical form.
This lecture will examine Lutyens’s work in the City of London in the context of the continuum of his remarkably prolific oeuvre, and the fluctuating critical response over the past 75 years.
Dr Mervyn Miller is an architect, town planner and historian, with degrees from the Universities of Durham and Illinois. His Garden City research began 40 years ago, when Principal Conservation Officer for North Herts DC and soon embraced the projects designed by Edwin Lutyens in the district. He was appointed a Director of Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust in 1979. In 1985 he became a founding trustee of The Lutyens Trust and served as Architectural Adviser until 2011. An independent consultant since 1988, he has specialised on heritage matters and on the diaspora of the Garden City concept. Author of the histories of Letchworth GC and Hampstead GS; Life President of Letchworth Garden City Society and of Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust, in 2014 appointed Parker Scholar by Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation. Visiting Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, he was awarded a Fellowship of the RIBA in 2017.