Soane's exterior walls remain, as seen here at the corner of Threadneedle Street and Bartholomew's Lane. Entry to the Bank of England Museum is just down Batholomew's on the left.

The Bank of England


Bank of England Museum

Soane's appointment in October 1788 as 'Architect and Surveyor' to the Bank of England was the most important of his distinguished career.  The Bank was his main pre-occupation for the ensuing 45 years until his retirement in 1833 when he described it as '... a situation which has long been the pride and boast of my life'.

His first major work, the daringly unconventional Bank Stock Office, was completed in 1793 and was the seminal design for much of his later work.  Recontructed in 1988 on its original site, it now forms a key feature of the Bank's Museum.  The Museum tells the story of the Bank of England from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the central bank of the United Kingdom.

( above text from the brochure A Brief Guide to Soane in London )




Dulwich Picture Gallery

Entry fcade of Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery was designed by Soane between 1811 and 1813 and was recently described by The Sunday Telegraph as the most beautiful art gallery in the world.  The collection includes works by Rembrandt, Poussin, Rubens, Gainsborough, Claude, Canaletto and Watteau as was originally put together by Noel Desanfans and Sir Francis Bourgeois for the King of Poland.  The king was forced to abdicate in 1795 and the pictures were never delivered to Poland.  Soane was therefore asked by Desenfans and Bourgeois to create the Gallery after their deaths.  It was a most curious commission for Soane, incorporating not just the picture gallery itself but also a mausoleum for the founders and almshouses for old women.  Dulwich was the first public picture gallery in Britain.  The building is of brick and has no classsical order.  It is now much admired and its top lighting and suite of galleries have influenced the design of many subsequent museums, including Richard Meier's Getty Museum in Los Angeles.  Today the Gallery attracts art lovers who come to see the building for its own sake, the collection and the regular international loan exhibitions.  

( above text from the brochure A Brief Guide to Soane in London )

View of mausoleum side of the building. Entry facade is on the opposite front.
Mausoleum attached to the Gallery Building.



Pitzhanger Manor-House

Purchased in 1800, Pitzhanger was to be Soane's 'Dream' home.  This Country Villa would be a weekend retreat, a place to entertain friends and clients, a home for his growing collections and, subsequently, a 'suitable' residence for his sons.  Retaining an extension by George Dance, Soane designed a facade (which he later described as a 'sort of portrait'), behind which he created a sequence of functional rooms incorporating radical color schemes and his idiosyncratic use of space and light. 

Entry arch to the property, notice top of pillar is the familar Soane cap stone.
Entry Vestibule Dome
View into the Library



Today, these interiors are restored to their appearance in 1804.  Later extensions to the Manor accommodate a collection of Martinware Pottery and West London's largest contemporary gallery space.  Outside, Soane's entrance arch, lodge and ornamental bridge can still be seen in the adjoining Walpole Park.

( above text from the brochure A Brief Guide to Soane in London )

The Library
Use of mirrors and built in bookcases.
Another corner detail of the Library
Breakfast Room ceiling
White and lavender wisteria in the garden...
mixes with beautiful climbing red roses.



The Soane Family Tomb



The tomb Soane designed for his wife on her death in 1815 and in which he is also buried.  It is one of only two Grade I listed tombs in London (the other being that of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery) and almost certainly inspired the form of the red K2 telephone box.

Located at the Old St. Pancras Churchyard on St. Pancras Road, just several blocks north of St. Pancras and Kings Cross Stations.

( above text from the brochure A Brief Guide to Soane in London )


There are other exisitng buildings and structures in and around London,

but the above are what was visited in May 2005.