Adelaide House, EC3R

On King William Street adjacent to London Bridge, Adelaide House is an example of the ’Steel Frame’ technique. When it completed construction in 1925, it stood as the tallest office building in the City of London at 141 feet. The technique used to build this iconic structure later became an integral part of the construction of skyscrapers worldwide.

The building’s name honoured King William IV’s wife, Queen Adelaide, who had, in 1831, performed the opening ceremony of London Bridge.

It was designed in an Art Deco style by Sir John Burnet and Thomas S. Tait. There were Egyptian influences, popular at the time because of the recent discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb.

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