Bomb site surrounding the obelisk spire of St Luke's, Old Street, Islington, London

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RIBApix ref no RIBA47738
Architect/DesignerHawksmoor, Nicholas (1661-1736)
Artist/PhotographerGalwey, Reginald Hugo de Burgh (1917-1971)
CountryUK: England
CityLondon
Subject Date1733
Image Date1940
ViewExterior
MediumPhotoprint
Library ReferenceAP Box 183 Bomb damage
OrientationLandscape
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: Built in 1723-1733, St Luke's was designed by John James, though the obelisk spire, west tower and flanking staircase wings were by Nicholas Hawksmoor. It suffered severe bomb damage in the Blitz of 1940 and its shell was left a ruin for 40 years in spite of it being a Grade 1 listed building. It was eventually converted into a concert hall, rehearsal, recording space and educational resource by Levitt Bernstein Architects in 2003.

Subject tags

churches, spires, ruins, bomb sites