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Selfridges Oxford Street, East Wing
associated engineer
David Burnham of Chicago
date  1908
era  Modern  |  category  Building  |  reference  TQ281811
One of the first load-bearing steel-framed buildings in Britain built, like the Ritz Hotel two years earlier, when the structural design was still outlawed under the London Building Act of 1894.
The Act prohibited direct beam-to-stanchion, riveted connections and demanded that all external walls be of full load-bearing thickness, and these two landmark buildings were influential in speeding the revision of the Act.
R.F. Atkinson, the English architect, called in Daniel Burnham of Chicago as consultant: in America, steel-framed construction for large buildings was already commonplace.
Additional statuary: Gilbert Bayes
reference sources   LG/SJ

Selfridges Oxford Street, East Wing