Fitness for Purpose


Exterior view of Angel underground station

Photographed by Topical Press
Architects: Stanley Heaps (1878-1962) and Charles Holden (1875-1960)
Copyright: TfL from the London Transport Museum collection

Before Holden was employed as a consultant, many of the station designs had been carried out by Leslie Green, using the distinctive ox-blood red brick facades and green glazed tiles. Frank Pick did not like this look, considering it not sufficiently modern or integrated. With Holden’s revamp of Angel station, he used a clean, faience finish as well as consistently featuring the station name and roundel above the entrance, illustrating how both Holden and Pick were developing a uniformed image for the Underground.

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