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IoE Number: 471315
Photographer: Mr David March
Date Photographed: 09 June 2001
Date listed: 20 January 1982
Date of last amendment: 17 September 1998
Grade II

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SOUTHWARK TQ3380 SHAD THAMES 636-1/2/687 (North side) 20/01/82 Nos.36-42 (Even) Butler's Wharf Building (No.36) and Butler's Wharf West (Nos.38-42) (Formerly Listed as: SHAD THAMES (North side) A1, A2, B1, B2, C, D1, D2, E1 and E2 Warehouse Range, Butler's Wharf) GV II Massive range of warehouses, now in residential and some office use. 1871-73, probably an enlargement of an existing block, partly rebuilt after fire damage, restored and rebuilt internally 1980s. By Tolley and Dale, architects. Stock brick with white brick dressings and stucco detailing. EXTERIOR: 6 and 7 storeys with recent attic extensions. Symmetrical river front elevation designed as a unified composition has slightly advanced centre piece and end pavilions of 7 storeys with rusticated quoins, the pedimented centre piece of 4 bays, the end pavilions of 6 bays with attic extensions behind giant stucco bracketed cornice, parapet and block pediment; 12-bay link blocks of 6 storeys with attic extension behind parapet. Cast-iron Doric columns to ground floor (possibly originally open, like a loggia), alternating in threes with brick piers, except to end pavilions where they are in pairs, all supporting a substantial iron girder "entablature" carrying the upper floors. Piercing the central pavilion is a 2-storey height waggon-way portico with identical detailing to both river and street elevations: giant cast-iron Doric columns flanked by pairs of arcaded windows with dividing column above panelled risers, and contained by giant pilasters. White brick segmental arches to windows and 14 hatch ranks (now adapted as balconies) with bull-nosed reveals. Street elevation, which is cranked in with the curve of the road alignment has similar details to windows and 13 hatch ranks with swivel hoists. Ground-floor openings to street also have segmental arches. Replica steel gangway bridges at 2nd- and 5th-floor levels (some with lattice bracing and rosette studs) link the building with the warehouse range on the south side of the street, the Cardamom Building (qv). INTERIOR, which showed unusual variety in methods of construction and exemplified the transition from wood to iron in warehouse construction, completely rebuilt except for parts of Butler's Wharf West (former E block). When completed, the building was the largest wharf on the Thames. It remains the largest surviving range of a dockland 'canyon' in its bridged relationship with the warehouses on the south side of the road.

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