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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
Stockwell Bus Garage
The building that Will Self says is London's most important.
Location: Lansdowne Road, Stockwell
Description: The Stockwell bus garage was designed with modernist ideals by Adie, Button and Partners, with the engineer A.E. Beer, and was opened in 1952.
There was a steel shortage at the time, so they used concrete for the thinly arched roof structure instead of the steel girders which had previously been the norm. At the time of construction it was the largest unsupported area (6814 square metres) under one roof in Europe.
Since 1988 the garage has been a Grade II* listed building reflecting its importance in post-war architectural and engineering history.
In 2011 it was championed by author Will Self to an architectural forum of experts at the Royal Academy that this is London's Most Important Building.