Isometric view and map of a design for the approach to a proposed 'St Paul's Bridge' across the River Thames, 1910
Artist and designer: Arthur Beresford Pite
© RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Edwardian architect Arthur Beresford Pite developed a number of schemes to link London's St Paul's Cathedral with the south bank of the River Thames. Drafting the site plan with a perspective of the road shows the logic of the proposed plan with the intended vista it would open up. Pite assembled a rich variety of classical buildings to frame the vista, but his new buildings defer to the form and position of St Paul's.
This plan highlights the architect's role in creating views, suitable settings and links between a city's major monuments. Although predating it by 90 years and in a different style, Pite's unbuilt scheme is nearly identical to the plan of Millennium Bridge by Foster + Partners. Offering uninterrupted views of the river and its banks, the bridge provides both a visual and pedestrian link between St Paul's and Tate Modern.