Derry and Toms roof garden, High Street Kensington, London: the English woodland garden

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RIBApix ref no RIBA72575
Architect/DesignerHancock, Ralph (1893-1950)
Artist/PhotographerNewbery, Sydney W. (1894-1985)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1938
Image Date1938
Library ReferenceAP43/143 (Newbery T89615)
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: When Derry and Toms department store was built in 1931-1933, London County Council forbad the inclusion of the seventh floor due to the limit of fire service ladders although the building had the structural potential for another floor. In 1935, the new owner of the store commissioned a roof garden to cover this large open space, which opened to the public in 1938.

Subject tags

garden buildings, roof gardens