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The Royal Courts of Justice

 

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  • The Royal Courts of Justice was largely paid for from the money left by those dying intestate.
  • The building contains over 1000 rooms and is so large that a man was once found having lived in the basement for several years unknown to anyone.
  • This was the last of the great Gothic Revival civic buildings constructed in London and is by far the most controversial. The design was done almost entirely by George Edmund Street down to individual carvings but despite this many feel it suffers from a mishmash of styles
  • The turreted frontage along the Strand is thought by many to be lacking focal points found in similarly designed buildings such as the monumental clock towers and soaring spires.
  • The landmark architecture can be found instead the building in the form of a sprawling Great Hall which stretches 72.5 metre long, 14.6 metres wide and 24.4 metres high.
  • Although the floor of the Great Hall has an elaborate mosaic on it, this was intended to seamlessly continue all the way up the walls to the vaulted ceiling. Unfortunately the architect's vision was never realised - Street had by this time died and those who had taken over the project failed to ask for the necessary funds desiring instead that the building be finished as on time and budget as possible.
  • Despite the fact it is a hard-wearing material with a good life-span, and much favoured in London since, the widespread use of Portland Stone which is essentially grey leads to the building lacking the visual warmth of the Houses of Parliament or St Pancras Station.

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Architect
George Edmund Street
Main Contractor
Messrs. Bull & Sons

Reference Data

Reference No.
5502
First Uploaded
18-02-2008
Last Editorial Date
09-08-2010
 

Building Location

Address
Strand, London. WC2A 2LL
Council
Westminster
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1868
Construction start date
1873
Completion date
1882
Style
Gothic Revival

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
74.67
Pinnacle Type
Spire
Roof Height (AGL)
49.00

Total Floors (O.G)
7

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Primary Use
Government


Land Costs
£1,453,000.00
Date of Purchase
1868
Construction Cost
£770,000.00
Budget Date
1882

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