The Strand Building

Every month CabbieBlog hopes to show you a little gem of a building that you might have passed without noticing, in the past they have ranged from a modernist car park; a penguin pool; to a Hanoverian gatehouse.

This little Art Deco masterpiece, which I only discovered by mistake, has now been converted into more ubiquitous flats and has been given a roof garden for good measure.

[T]he building, now listed, was originally built as The Hackney Electricity Demonstration Hall & Offices in 1925 and designed by J. A. Bowden. Situated at 18-24 Lower Clapton Road the building reflects the wealth and grandeur this part of London once enjoyed.

When first built it contained something like a permanent exhibit from the Ideal Home Exhibition featuring a suite of rooms equipped with the latest domestic appliances.

Over time it became the London Electricity Board’s offices which by 1984 had a 1960s style wooden portico obscuring its entrance as seen on this picture by Peter Kurton.

More pictures can be found on the Heron Joinery website detailing their contribution in its conversion.

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