Exhibition: Tottenham Court Road in the early 1970s

Row of low-rise buildings.

The “shacks” along Tottenham Court Road north of Hanway Street.

10am to 5pm Saturday 28 June 2014, Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre, 39 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RX.

Before the mid-1970s a section of the lower west side of Tottenham Court Road looked very different. 

This exhibition shows a stretch of road which was once the heart of the furniture industry in London and illustrates the wide variety of styles of architecture from Geogian, through Victorian, Edwardian, art deco; as well as a hotch-potch of post-WW2 and 1960s refurbishments at ground floor level.

Full of electronic shops, cinemas and homes it was part intact, part bomb site, and part falling apart at the seams. It was all demolished along with many buildings in the streets to the west to make way for a modern, granite-clad office block for the media industry.

This exhibition of 40 year old photographs of Tottenham Court Road, Stephen Street and Gresse Street (once known as The Gort Estate) gives an insight into what the street looked like and had changed little since the early twentieth century.

Part of Fitzrovia Festival 2014.

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