'Imperial Monumental Halls and Tower': Westminster Abbey and the Commemoration of Empire, 1854–1904
G. Alex Bremner
|Published in:||Architectural History, 2004, v. 47|
In March 1904 John Pollard Seddon (1827–1906) and Edward Beckitt Lamb (1857–1932) published an extraordinary scheme entitled ‘Imperial Monumental Halls and Tower at Westminster'. Though never built, it was among the grandest and most visionary proposals London had ever seen and, next to Giles Gilbert Scott's Anglican cathedral at Liverpool (1904–79), one of the last monumental expressions of Gothic revival architecture in Britain. Designed to immortalize the achievement of the men and women who had laboured to promote and defend the nation's imperial interests, it was conceived as a lasting testament to the enthusiasm for empire that characterized late Victorian and Edwardian Britain (Figs 1-2).
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