Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride report: 22 May 2010 In glorious technicolor, or, the architectural kaleidoscope

No building is literally colourless - but some buildings are more colourful than others, and just occasionally a building's coloration becomes central to its architectural identity.

This tour ran through the full psychedelic spectrum from the muted and monochrome to the vibrant and rainbow-hued, looking at a range of structures in which architects both ancient and modern have wielded the colour palette to particularly dazzling effect.




Golden Lane Estate - Chamberlin, Powell and Bon design 1952 - built in phases 1953-62.
Boundary Estate - LCC Architects - 1890-1900
Close-up of Boundary Estate building

7 Lothbury - George Somers Clarke - 1866

1 Poultry - James Stirling - design 1988, built 1994-8

Prudential Assurance Building - Alfred & Paul Waterhouse - 1885-1901, 1989-93


St Alban Holborn - William Butterfield, chapel C Mileham, rebuilt Adrian Gilbert Scott - 1859-62, 1891, 1961
St Alban Holborn - mural Hans Feibusch - 1966


Central St Giles - Renzo Piano Building Workshop - 2010
Champion pub c.1860 (our stop for lunch), Wells St - glass by Anne Sotheran - c 1990s


Liberty's, Gt Marlborough St - Edwin & Stanley Hall - 1922-4


Ideal House, 1-6 Argyll St - Raymond Hood & Gordon Jeeves - 1928-9
Alliance Insurance, 1-2 & 87-8 St James's Street - Richard Norman Shaw - 1882 & 1903-4
St James' Ct, Buckingham Gate - CJ Chirney Pawley, Alexander Graham, Henry Bushnell - 1896-1905
Westminster Academy - Allford Hall Monaghan - 2007
St Sophia's Cathedral - John Oldrid Scott, mosaics by AG Walker (1890s) and Boris Anrep (1926) - 1878-9
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Thanks to ride leader David Garrard of English Heritage

(photos: Philip Loy/ David Garrard)
Our guide David and his adoring admirers
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