The Underground Electric Railways Company headquarters was designed by the talented architect Charles Holden whose works show the major influence of the revolutionary Arts and Crafts movement. The Headquarter was constructed in 1920 and soon emerged as Londonís tallest skyscraper. This program lays bare the various controversies which shook the construction of this grand building including the one which instigated the general manager of the electric railways Frank Pick to put in his papers. In this video, David Heathcote is seen exploring London Transport HQ, located in St. James in London, during the time it was built. David uncovers the interesting story of a very controversial building. Frank Pick, decided to resign from London Underground Company since there were several complaints against his much ambitious design. Incidentally he was the one who had assigned Holden the responsibility. The new construction however went on to become the crucial centre of the Art Deco transfiguration of the underground. Moving out to the Piccadilly line to Southgate, viewers locate themselves not only as part of congested busy hour migration but a synchronized journey made through an amazing Deco landscape. The sleek tube station has streamlined attributes, gratifying chrome and delicate up-lighting for a stunning overall effect-and a short span of time to stop and appreciate that wonder that was Art Deco.
(London Transport: Art Deco Icons, Enhanced DVD, 29 minutes) ISBN: 978-1-61753-693-9 Copy Right Date: 2011 CC