Royal School of Mines, Aston Webb

Royal School of Mines, Aston Webb

 
Aston Webb’s effusive Classical Revival buildings, which dominate this area of London, were all built in the years immediately before the First World War. This was his last, and least successful. The building’s entrance is an over-scale niche containing a huge monument to Alfred Beit and Julius Wernher, mining and diamond magnates (by P. R. Montford, 1916-20). Aston Webb was also responsible for the Cromwell Road front of the V&A and the famous façade of Buckingham Palace, which date from the same period.