Sons of Temperance Friendly Society, Southwark, London

A C Russell
Date Built
1909 - 1910
176 Blackfriars Road
The "Sons of Temperance Friendly Society" building, at 176 Blackfriars Road, has been designated Grade II Listed by Historic England because of its, "... Historic interest (being) the purpose-built headquarters of a large international temperance association and affiliation of friendly societies."  It is also regarded as, "...  an eye-catching piece of Edwardian street architecture that evokes the design of contemporary pubs and banks". Finally, "... the building retains its original signage, stained glass and mosaic roundels, all loudly announcing the identity and character of the organisation for which it was built."

Historic England adds that, "... the building, once in mid-terrace but now free-standing, comprises a four-storey front range facing Blackfriars Road and a single-storey hall behind. .... like many buildings associated with the temperance movement (it) deliberately recalls a public house. The style is Edwardian 'Free Classical', with the tripartite division of the facade emphasised on the first and second floors by a giant Corinthian order."

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