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Port of London Authority Building

Its difficult to miss this five sided spectacle facing the Tower of London, it has such power to impress even at a glance. The foundation stone to this thrilling marvel was laid during the First World War, the topping out being finalized some several years later. It was a wizard wheeze by those boys at the PLA to haul up this mind blowing exhibit of great artistry, where every corner, inside and out, was shortlisted for a range of diabolically deep decorations.

From the domineering columns at the frontage to the intricate lamptower ironworkery, the building is a savage display of an establishment, that, in those days, virtually ruled the waves in trading tonnage. Most prominent, naturally, is the heavenly housing of statuettes that adorns the structures headpiece. Its this over topped topping that turns ones head in amazement. This might be another buiding nicknamed 'the wedding cake', but takes first prize for novelty value. At present, its residents are one of the many finacial collectives of the city, who gave the listed place a refurb without abuse to the fittings. Respect has been observed.

The grand momument of the former Port of London Authority building looks out toward the Tower of London, its entire exterior that of distict decoration.

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Overwhelming entrance bears the aura of a masterful distinguished presence. Used as dominatory movie location thru its life.

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Topped out like a wedding cake, a stone canopy of statued granduer based around old Father Thames, with a variety of chariots, sea horses and sculptured stock.

There are so many different features and fittings that elaborate to thrill any visitor here.

Angels race their chariots from the Cake top. This is the smashing view afforded from the staff canteen.

view from the canteen - 10, Trinity Square, London

It's an absolute pleasure that I bring you a selection of shots from this superbly splendid establishment:

Even the door handles of the main foyer greet you in slightly sirenesque neptunian mermaidity.


Rows of edwardian light fittings shine over open plan computerisation. Faces look upon the central court, now polluted by a shoddy extension outhouse. This courtyard originally seated the famed domed Rotunda, rather like that in the British Museum, until it met with a nazi accident during WW2. Words cannot describe how badly its shoddy replacement soils the scenery. One recoils in horror in looking out at the new portakabin architecture, photos of which do not feature here!

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Centrepiece to the whole interior is without doubt the old Boardroom, sitting above the atrium and below the statue block. Panelled windows look out thru the columns.

ten trinity square - View from the old Board Room

The view from the old Boardroom, towards the Tower of London, must have been the perfect inspiration for any heated financial debate. This cosy setting, known as the Tower Room, is Boardroom no more, but still reeks of the power it wealded after the building's opening in 1922. This Port of London Authority directed most world sea trade from this very room.

Port of London building: lobby and atrium

The atrium keeps the exterior theme going via references to Roman architecture. Its a lobby of variable features that sets you up for the Trinity Square experience. There is a misuse of corporate banners that somewhat ruin the balance of things, but it's still quite wonderful. One is then led out into computer clad offices which still bear the marks of empire.

Everywhere evidence of splendour in panelling, chandeliers, marble, ironwork, shaped to imposing disposition and character. Present keepers of these treasures, Willis, have done mostly a splendid job on preservation, but cant afford a Rotunda replacement, so the courtyard looks pretty bleak.

Charles (of London Town)

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