Illustration—Design for The Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation
The building represented is the first portion of a scheme for the rebuilding of the head offices of The Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation, Limited, and is so arranged as to be used in conjunction with the existing offices pending execution of the remainder. The ground on which this portion is erected being under separate tenure, there were also conditions to be dealt with requiring the building to be so designed as to be adaptable for separate holding and occupation, and complete in itself for that purpose.
The illustration shows the front in Moorgate Street. There is another frontage in Moorgate Place, at the rear, and a public passageway, at the street level, passes under the building from one street to the other. Portland stone and gauged red brick have been used for the fronts, with dark Norwegian granite base. The passageway is faced and vaulted with white glazed bricks, Portland stone dressings, and the granite base continued through; the roofs and turret are covered with Westmoreland slating. The lantern, and finishings to turret, also the clock-casing and supports, are executed in copper.
The general contract is being carried out by Messrs. Dove Bros., the copper work has been executed by Messrs. Ewart & Son, and the carving by Mr. Gilbert Seale. Mr. W. H. Atkin Berry, of the firm of Messrs. Kidner & Berry, is the architect. The drawing was in the Royal Academy last year.