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Queens Tower

 

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  • Imperial Institute with Queen's Tower on the right
  • Imperial Institute with Queen's Tower on the right

Other Information

  • Queen's Tower is the last part of the Imperial Institute, a university created through the merger and centralisation of museums departments in Kensington and various academic royal colleges in 'Albertopolis' to celebrate the Queen's jubilee.
  • The tower was commissioned in 1888 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee as a special memorial.
  • There are 324 steps to the top of the tower.
  • The rest of the building was demolished between 1957 and 1967 leaving only the Queen's Tower as the free standing remains. Constructed to "represent the Empire in all it's grandeur", the demolition which began following the winds of Suez made for a metaphor of the Empire itself in decline.

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Architect
Thomas Edward Colcutt
Developer
London University

Reference Data

Reference No.
1439
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
27-11-2014
 

Building Location

Address
The Queen's Lawn, London. SW7
Council
Kensington and Chelsea
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1887
Construction start date
1888
Completion date
1892
Style
Gothic Revival

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
87.00
Pinnacle Type
Spire
Roof Height (AGL)
83.00

Total Floors (O.G)
13

Market Data

Primary Use
Clock Tower
Secondary Use
Observation Tower


Construction Cost
£250,000.00
Budget Date
1892

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