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euston arch plaster architectural model

The Euston Arch (Demolished 1961) £390      £390.00

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The Euston Arch was the centrepiece of Euston Station, the world's first main line terminus in a capital city. Built on a huge scale, it symbolized modernity and new links between London and the north. It was the first great monument of the railway age, which Britain pioneered.

The Euston Arch (Demolished 1961) £390

Where: Demolished

Designed by Philip Hardwick

When: Completed 1838, Demolished 1961

This Timothy Richards scale model of the ‘Doric Arch’ would make a striking display on any mantelpiece, bookshelf or display cabinet. A statement of modernism and a symbol of building links between London and the North.

The Euston Arch was the centrepiece of Euston Station, the world’s first main line terminus in a capital city. Built on a huge scale, it symbolised modernity and new links between London and the North. It was the first great monument of the railway age, which Britain pioneered.

The arch was designed in the Greek Revival style, standing 70 feet high. Being factually correct, the structure was not an arch at all, but a propylaeum or ‘gateway’. It was modelled on the famous Propylaeum at the Acropolis in Athens, built in c. 450 BC. But the arch was no copy or pastiche – it was an inspired interpretation of great refinement, also drawing on Roman buildings such as the gate to the Roman Agora in Athens. Yet the Euston Arch also, in its ingenious and pioneering construction, expressed pride and confidence in its own age. Although inspired by ancient Greek architecture and apparently of traditional masonry construction, the Arch was in fact modern in conception and incorporated much structural ironwork.

The Arch was demolished in 1962 after a failed campaign to save it, most of the stones from the Arch ended up at the bottom of the river Lea in east London. The model represents what the proposed rebuilt arch would look like, being built between the two lodges on Euston Square overlooking the Euston Road.  The lodges are all that remain of the old station.

The model is made from plaster with details in etched brass. In the centre of the plinth can be seen the names of the locations where the trains from Euston used to serve. These names can be seen for real on the two lodges.

This model is hand made to order and may take 4 weeks to produce. If you require this model urgently please contact the workshop directly.

Dimensions 14″w x 4.75″d x 8″h

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