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Burlington Arcade
51 Piccadilly, London, England

Burlington Arcade was commissioned nearly 200 years ago by Lord George Cavendish who lived next door in Burlington House (now the Royal Academy). Fed up with local oiks dropping litter (mostly oyster shells) into his back garden, he came up with the idea of building a shopping arcade to block off access to his back wall, and commissioned his architect, Samuel Ware, to design one.

Wanting to seem a philanthropic sort, Cavendish put his own spin on the planned arcade as being for the ‘gratification of the public and to give employment to industrious females’. In the event, most of the 47 original leaseholders and their families lived and worked in cramped conditions in the shops along with their stock. Of this 47, only six were ‘industrious females’, though archaic customs of the day meant the male corsetiers and milliners were also addressed as ‘madame’.

The Burlington Arcade is a covered shopping arcade in London that runs behind Bond Street from Piccadilly through to Burlington Gardens. It is one of the precursors of the mid-19th-century European shopping gallery and the modern shopping centre.

The Burlington Arcade was the successful prototype for larger glazed shopping arcades... Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan.

The sedate atmosphere of the Burlington Arcade was interrupted in 1964 when a Jaguar Mark X charged down the arcade, scattering pedestrians, and six masked men leapt out, smashed the windows of the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Association shop and stole jewellery valued at £35,000. They were never caught.
Opened: March 20, 1819

- Wikipedia: Burlington Arcade (online May 2016)
May 2016 Photos

The  Piccadilly façade was added in the early 20th century.

Roman Ionic columns  ....Segmental pediment broken with volutes

Terminus  ... Detail blow:


Detail below:

Burlington Gardens entrance/exit

Photos and their arrangement © 2016 Chuck LaChiusa
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