The Tour will be led by VocalEyes describer Lonny Evans with Louise Sanger, Lloyd’s Register, Heritage & Education Centre, Deputy Manager.
Lloyd’s Register is one of the great City institutions, founded in 1760, with the same maritime and coffee-house roots as Lloyd’s of London. Lloyd’s Register has occupied the site on the corner of Fenchurch Street since 1901 when Thomas Edward Collcutt completed the splendidly decorated Edwardian baroque palazzo. Ninety-nine years later, the Richard Rogers steel and glass towers building was completed.
The audio-described tour will take you on a journey from the courtyard through to the reception and lobby areas of the steel and glass Roger’s building into the 1901 Collcutt building. Then through a set of double-height mahogany doors, into the restored Collcutt interiors, beginning with the Old Reception Hall. Then into the richly decorated Old Library, an example of high quality joinery with Mahogany bookcases inlaid with rosewood and fruitwoods that line the room with its barrel-vaulted ceiling elaborately stencilled by Shrigley and Hunt, incorporating nautical motifs, and the coats of arms of the great shipbuilding ports of the day. You will then ascend the Grand Marble Staircase passing memorials to the dead of the First and Second World Wars, as well as a splendid stained glass window by Gerald Moira on your way to the General Committee room through another set of double mahogany doors. The General Committee room is one of the great Italianate interiors of pre-1914 London and the architectural climax of Collcutt’s building. The scale and quality of the decoration celebrate its status as nautical and maritime symbols abound. The barrel-vaulted ceiling and panels are decorated with tempera paintings by Gerald Moira. The Italianate architecture of the room inspired Moira to produce a composition largely drawn from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling in the Vatican.
If you would like to join this tour, please use our Open House London 2017 online booking form. If you have any problems at all using this form then please do email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 020 7375 1043.