Admiralty Arch - London, UK
Posted by: Metro2
N 51° 30.410 W 000° 07.748
30U E 699226 N 5710097
Quick Description: The Admiralty Arch is a large office building in London near Trafalgar Square.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/4/2012 10:19:17 PM
Waymark Code: WMDX40
From one side takes the appearance of a curved archway...but, it's true shape is quite odd.
Seen from a satellite, one can see that this building has three parts... one is a large nearly rectangular shape but for the curves on two of its sides that lead to the middle portion of the building that serves as a bridge over the street called "The Mall" and leads to the third somewhat small quasi-rectangular portion.
Wikipedia (visit link
) informs us:
"Admiralty Arch is a large office building in London which incorporates an archway providing road and pedestrian access between The Mall, which extends to the South-West, and Trafalgar Square to the North-East. It was designed by Sir Aston Webb, constructed by John Mowlem & Co and completed in 1912. It adjoins the Old Admiralty Building, hence the name.
The building was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother Queen Victoria, although he did not live to see its completion. A Latin inscription along the top reads:
: ANNO : DECIMO : EDWARDI : SEPTIMI : REGIS :
: VICTORIÆ : REGINÆ : CIVES : GRATISSIMI : MDCCCCX :
(In the tenth year of King Edward VII, to Queen Victoria, from most grateful citizens, 1910)
The sculptural figures of Navigation and Gunnery were designed by the English sculptor Thomas Brock.
Admiralty Arch is a Grade I listed building. In 2000, the Cabinet Office moved into offices in the building, while maintaining its headquarters on Whitehall. It was also home to the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and the Social Exclusion Task Force. In 2011, as part of the government's austerity programme, the building became vacant and was put up for sale for a reported 75 million pounds."
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