Woolworth House - 242 Marylebone Road, London, UK

Richard Seifert & Partners
Date Built
242 Marylebone Road
A large art-deco style building that sits on the corner of Marylebone Road and Harewwood Avenue.  It was originally the headquarters building of Woolworths.  Much of the building is constructed of red bricks but the facade on Marylebone Road is Portland Stone.  It is an uncharacteristic creation of Richard Seifert who went on to design Centre Point, Kings Reach and Tower 42.

The front features a number of sculptural additions.  At either end of the front there are incised carvings that depict Sunrise and Sunset. 

Above the door is a group of figures by the sculptor Bainbridge Copnall featuring a man holding a globe that he is using to show a man and a woman the world-wide trade of Woolworths. 

Then at the top of the building, around the base of the flagpole, is a colourful plaque.  It shows a styalised man and woman holding the flagpole.  Between them is the Woolworth "W" with a cornucopia beneath it.

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