= The Crawford Arts Review: Until Wednesday 28 November

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Until Wednesday 28 November

A detail from the small ante-chapel.
The Fitzrovia Chapel was once part of the Middlesex Hospital in Central London (a hospital now incorporated into University College Hospital). The chapel was built for hospital staff, patients and visitors and formally opened in 1929.
       The exterior is of a comely red brick. The interior almost defies description - or at least brief description (but do not fear, someone is cataloguing in detail every building stone used and hopefully a book will result). The architect, John Loughborough Pearson (1817-1897), one of the Victorian era's most celebrated, is
now commemorated by the naming of this relatively new West End square, opened in 2015, after him. 
       Just as Sir Christopher Wren showed us in St Paul's Cathedral and St Stephen Walbrook what happens when an architect uses clear glass to let in natural light to bathe the heavy building stones of his interiors, John Loughborough Pearson creates a delicate and uplifting lightness by covering his interior with a layer of coloured building stones and light-reflecting mosaic. No Ancient Roman villa was ever so sumptiously decorated.

The chapel is open daily from 11am to 4pm until 28 November for the exhibition Dwelling, 'an exhibition of beauty and attachment in Fitzrovia residencies'. Please note: after the exhibition closes Fitzrovia Chapel will return to its usual weekly opening: Wednesdays between 11:00 and 16:00.

Fitzrovia Chapel 
2 Pearson Square
(off Mortimer Street)
London W1

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