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Fitzrovia and West End: Modernism and Public Art FULLY BOOKED
Congress House

Fitzrovia and West End: Modernism and Public Art - Members only FULLY BOOKED

Alan Powers

Congress House for the Trades Union Congress was one of the first British office buildings to be completed after the Second World War. David du Rieu Aberdeen’s competition winning entry of 1947, completed in 1955, is not easy to visit except in a group. The grand but friendly public spaces remain largely intact with a wealth of period fittings. Jacob Epstein’s Pieta-style memorial to fallen trades unionists of both world wars dominates the courtyard. From the TUC archives, we shall be able to see original competition drawings by other entrants, and photographs of the sculpture competition entries as well. From Great Russell Street we will trace a path through Fitzrovia towards Oxford Circus, taking in buildings of the 1950s and early 1960s, including works of art by John Piper, Barbara Hepworth and further examples of  Epstein.

Start: 10.30 Congress House, Great Russell Street WC1. Please arrive promptly as the tour starts at 10.30am (nearest stations Tottenham Court Road and Holborn)

Break for lunch (45minutes) in the Fitzroy Square area.

Finish: approximately 3pm near Cavendish Square

Members: £20.00

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