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Thursday, November 5, 2015

forgotten blueprints

de bene esse: literally, of well-being, morally acceptable but subject to future validation or exception

Rejected designs for Tower Bridge 

The London that could have been: Rejected designs for Tower Bridge are among forgotten




























An early design has revealed Tower Bridge came close to being a very different - and perhaps less flamboyant - bridge from the one so many tourists and residents love today. A rejected blueprint by Sir Horace Jones, released by the Royal Institute of British Architects, shows the bridge with a semi-circle of metal rising between the two arches (above). The image, from 1878, is one of series of forgotten blueprints, which have been released by the architectural website and show what the skyline of London could have looked like. Others include Nelson's Globe (inset) and a large, flamboyant tower that one architect thought should be built on top of department store Selfridges (left).
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