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Nomura House formerly North Range of the General Post Office Headquarters located between St Martin's le Grand and King Edward Street in the City of London (Photo: Quintin Lake)

West entrance of Nomura House formerly North Range of the General Post Office Headquarters (Photo: Quintin Lake)

In the left spandrel a reclining male figure is seen writing a letter... (Photo: Quintin Lake)

....and on the right a figure is seen reading the letter (Photo: Quintin Lake)

Carved busts below thee cornice line at the corners of Nomura House (Photo: Quintin Lake)

Keystone above the west entrance depicts Henry Raikes MP, who commissioned the building (Photo: Quintin Lake)

Now the UK headquarters of Nomura, the Japanese investment bank, the building was originally a cathedral to the business of the postage stamp. Formerly known as the North Range of the General Post Office Headquarters between St Martin’s le Grand and King Edward Street is one of the remaining buildings of the former G.P.O Headquarters the other being The King Edward Buildings now Merrill Lynch HQ across the street.

Sir Henry Tanner, architect and surveyor in the Office of Works, designed the new building to take full advantage of its island site, with frontages to three streets and to gardens to the north. Faced entirely in Portland stone, its most prominent features were the corner towers, now capped with mansard roofs. Built from 1889-9 it housed the General Post Office’s headquarters staff and meetings from 1895 to 1984.

The Nomura Group bought the site in 1986. The building was then rebuilt internally by the Fitzroy Robinson Partnership behind the original façades, which were retained and cleaned. The Italianate cliffs of Portland stone with banded rustication and flat pilasters above are characteristic of the Georgian approach to public building. Relief from the severity is provided by the more lyrical stone carving.

These photographs were commissioned by Thames & Hudson / View Pictures for an upcoming book on the architecture of the City of London

View more images of Nomura House formerly North Range of the General Post Office Here

Photography © Quintin Lake, 2010

King Edward Buildings (former General Post Office Headquarters) now Bank of America Merrill Lynch London Headquarters. Architect: Sir Henry Tanner (Photo: Quintin Lake)

Coat of arms of Edward VII of the United Kingdom above the coach entrance to the King Edward Buildings. The instription Dieu et mon droit is the french motto of the British Monarch meaning "God and my right shall me defend" (Photo: Quintin Lake)

King Edward VII portland stone ornamentation with ERVII lettering above the window King Edward Buildings (Photo: Quintin Lake)

Statue by Onslow Ford of Rowland Hill, with the inscription "HE FOUNDED UNIFORM PENNY POSTAGE 1840" outside the King Edward Buildings (Photo: Quintin Lake)

The King Edward Buildings on the west Side of King Edward Street in the City of London, now part of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch London Headquarters, is one of the remaining buildings of the former General Post Office Headquarters the other being The North Range, now named Namura House across the street.

Built 1907-1911 to the designs of Sir Henry Tanner, architect of the Office of Works. An early example of the use of reinforced concrete construction the building has stronger accents as was fashionable in the Edwardian period  than The North Range (Now named Namura House) over the road completed two years previously. The facade of the building has various ornamental motifs celebrating King Edward VII from which the street takes its name. King Edward Street was known as Butchers Hall Lane until 1843.

In front of the building is a statue by Onslow Ford of Rowland Hill the postal reformer, with the inscription “HE FOUNDED UNIFORM PENNY POSTAGE 1840”

These photographs were commissioned by Thames & Hudson / View Pictures for an upcoming book on the architecture of the City of London

View more images of the King Edward Buildings Here

Photography © Quintin Lake, 2010

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