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There is a strong Art Noveau theme to these four, built within a decade or so of each other in the early 1900s, the time of the Arts & Craft movement.

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Classics

Debenham House

This extraordinary house was built in 1906 for Ernest Debenham, chairman of the department store. The tiled interior is even more striking than the outside, with designs said to have been for the Czar and for P&O liners. (Private - but check at Open House architecture weekend.)

Addison Road W14 (Private)
Tube: Holland Park
www.debenhamhouse.com

Euston Fire Station

Opened in 1902, since when 13 firefighters from here have lost their lives, including eight during World War II, giving it a reputation as haunted. The LCC Architects Dept under WE Riley built several quirky stations but this is the most heavily influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement.

172 Euston Road NW1
Tube: Euston
www.eustonfirestation.com

Midland Bank

Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1922, this splendid building with its walnut and limed oak panel interiors is now an art gallery for Hauser & Wirth. Lutyens later designed the Cenotaph and jokingly dubbed this early style 'Wrenaissance' in tribute to the architect of St Paul’s.

196a Piccadilly W1
Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Michelin Building

This flamboyant British headquarters for the French tyre company was bought by Sir Terence Conran in 1985. Now a cafe, bar and restaurant, named for Bibendum, the corpulent Michelin man, it still features the type and motoring murals of 1911.

81 Fulham Road SW3
Tube: South Kensington

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