John Lewis, Oxford Street, London 1
John Lewis, Oxford Street, London
William Crabtree (1905–91) and C.H. Reilly (1874–1948)
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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