Edwardian Baroque architecture

Edwardian Baroque is the Neo-Baroque architectural style of many public buildings built in the British Empire during the Edwardian era (1901–1910).

The characteristic features of the Edwardian Baroque style were drawn from two main sources: the architecture of France during the 18th century and that of Sir Christopher Wren in England during the 17th—part of the English Baroque. Sir Edwin Lutyens was a major exponent, designing many commercial buildings in what he termed ‘the Grand Style’ during the later 1910s and 1920s. This period of British architectural history is considered a particularly retrospective one, since it is contemporary with Art Nouveau.

Typical details of Edwardian Baroque architecture include extensive rustication, usually more extreme at ground level, often running into and exaggerating the voussoirs of arched openings (derived from French models); domed corner rooftop pavilions and a central taller tower-like element creating a lively rooftop silhouette; revived Italian Baroque elements such as exaggerated keystones, segmental arched pediments, columns with engaged blocks, attached block-like rustication to window surrounds; colonnades of (sometimes paired) columns in the Ionic order and domed towers modelled closely on Wren’s for the Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Some Edwardian Baroque buildings include details from other sources, such as the Dutch gables of Norman Shaw’s Piccadilly Hotel in London.

Notable Edwardian Baroque buildings

United Kingdom
Admiralty Arch, London (1912)
Albert Hall, Manchester (1910)
Albert Hall, Nottingham (1910)
Ashton Memorial, Lancaster (1909)
Asia House, Manchester (1909)
Australia House, London (1918)
Belfast City Hall, Belfast (1906)
Bridgewater House, Manchester (1912)
Cardiff City Hall, Cardiff (1906)
Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), London (1907)
County Hall, London (1922)
Electric Cinema, London (1910)
Hanover Building, Manchester (1909)
Hove Library, Hove (1907–08)
India House, Manchester (1906)
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne (1904)
Lancaster House, Manchester (1910)
London Road Fire and Police Station, Manchester (1906)
Lloyds Bank on King Street, Manchester by Charles Heathcote (1915)
Manchester Victoria station, Manchester (1909)
Marylebone station, London. (1899)
Midland Bank head office building, London by Edwin Lutyens (1922)
Mitchell Library, Glasgow, William B Whitie (1906–11)
Municipal Technical Institute, a.k.a. Blackman Tech, Belfast (1906)
Nottingham railway station, Nottingham (1904)
163 North Street, Brighton (1904)
Ralli Hall, Hove (1913)
South Shields Town Hall, South Shields (1910)
St. James Buildings, Manchester (1912)
Stockport Town Hall, Stockport (1908)
War Office, London (1906)
Westminster Central Hall, London (1912)

Lands Administration Building, Brisbane
Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne (main pavilion, now Queen Victoria Women’s Centre)
Commonwealth Offices, Treasury Place, Melbourne
Central railway station, Sydney
Department of Education building, Sydney (1912)
General Post Office, Hobart

Post Office (now part of Sinclair Centre), Vancouver

Sri Lanka
Royal College, Colombo

Hong Kong
Ohel Leah Synagogue

Ripon Building, Chennai
Chowringhee Mansions, Calcutta
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi

City Hall, George Town, Penang (1903)
Second floor extension to Town Hall, George Town, Penang (1903)
Former Government Offices (now State Islamic Council building), George Town, Penang (1907)
Federated Malay States railway station/Malayan Railways building (Wisma Kastam), George Town, Penang (1907)
George Town Dispensary, George Town, Penang (1922)
Ipoh Town Hall and former General Post Office, Ipoh, Perak (1916)
Railway station in Ipoh, Perak (1917 to 1935)
Former State Secretariat (State Library), Seremban, Negeri Sembilan (1912)

New Zealand
Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand
General Post Office (former), Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland Ferry Terminal
Old Public Trust Building, Wellington (1909)

Victoria Memorial Hall (1905)
Central Fire Station (1908)
Saint Joseph’s Institution (1900s, 1910s extensions)

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