The Emergence of Modern Shop Design in Britain

John Lewis, Oxford Street, London 1

John Lewis, Oxford Street, London

John Lewis, Oxford Street, London
William Crabtree (1905–91) and C.H. Reilly (1874–1948)
1939
Perspective of Cavendish Square front by Raymond Myerscough-Walker, 1937
Ink, pencil and watercolour
RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collection

 

William Crabtree had worked in New York and also for Joseph Emberton in London. His design was rejected because the ground landlord, the Howard de Walden Estates, did not like the 'glassy bay-windowed proposal'. Eventually the shop was built to a design by Slater, Moberly & Uren, with a stone façade and vertical accents containing the stairs.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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