Saturday, 4 February 2017

The Fitzrovia Chapel

Hello

Thanks for visiting.

About 10 minutes walk from Oxford Circus tube station located in a new residential square is the Fitzrovia Chapel, a grade II* listed building originally built as The Middlesex Hospital Chapel.  The hospital itself closed in 2005 and was demolished in 2008.  The chapel sat on stilts for five years until Sir Robert McAlpine took over the development of the area and spent £3 million restoring the chapel.

Only small, it takes your breath away.  In the picture below the red brick chapel nestles incongruously below the modern apartments in Pearson Square. The large sculpture by Peter Randall-Page is called The One and Many and is inscribed with many symbols from all over the world.

 


 The chapel was built as a memorial to Major Ross MP, former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the hospital. It was designed in 1891 by architect John Loughborough Pearson and completed in 1929 by his son Frank.

Shall we go in? Fortunately it's  Wednesday, the only day it's open to the public.

There's a narthax at the entrance which is lined with memorial tablets of white marble dedicated to staff of the hospital.  Through the arches a spectacular sight meets the eye, the mosaics all golden and glittery in the subdued light.

 


The mosaics are inspired by Italian work in Rome and St Marks in Venice.










Seventeen different marble were used to front the Organ Gallery including rare green connemora (Irish bog marble).


Lets not forget the marble floors.






I think you'll agree that the restoration by architects Caroe & Partners, which included replacing 70% of the gold leaf on the ceiling,  looks fabulous.

Cheerio


12 comments:

  1. Oh My Goodness! That's spectacular! How did you know about it? x

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    1. I was just browsing on the internet before I got the train, I've not heard of it before. So glad I went. x

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  2. How lovely! The gold and blue colours in the ceiling and walls are stunning. Thank you for sharing your visit:)

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    1. I couldn't get it all on the photos really, it is an amazing place and in quite an unexpected place. 😊

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  3. Such a wonderful place. I had never heard of it. I bet it took your breath away. B x

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  4. I have never heard of it, what a joy such a spectacular place. Thank you for letting us come along on your tour.

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    1. Pleasure, glad to have you along. 😊

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  5. Oh, this is wonderful! Such amazing detail. Beautiful in photos - it must have been astonishing in person! xx K

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    1. It was and apart from the person looking after it on the day, it was empty, so I could enjoy every nook and cranny. 😊

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  6. Wow! this is a fantastic place! The colors and textures are just incredible.

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    1. Wonderful, isn't it and so unexpected. 😊

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