Hidden away on Hallam Street is one of the most impressive frontages in London's Fitzrovia. It is - I would say - distinctly Indo-Saracenic in style. And curiously, this is not the front of a building - but the back. It's the rear of the Central Synagogue - as far as I can make out - which has its main entrance on Great Portland Street..
There is a real elegance to these window surrounds which outshines the buildings formal entrance - grand as that is The Central Synagogue's website - http://www.centralsynagogue.org.uk/about-us/ - recounts that the building's foundation stone was laid in 1858, but that the synagogue was badly damaged by bombing during World War Two and was rededicated in 1958. I wonder if the back of the building is largely original, and the front (below) a much restored façade. Whatever, if you are out and about in central London, do go this a look. Its worth it.
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