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Architecture enthusiasts tour the College Building

City has opened its doors to the public as part of Open House London festival


For the first time, City has taken part in Open House London, the capital’s annual festival of architecture and design. The event sees buildings of architectural interest and significance open their doors, welcoming the public to visit places to which they would not normally have access.

With its rich history and Grade II listed status, the College Building, built in 1894, was one of the buildings to feature in this year’s programme. EW Mountford, the architect responsible for the design of the Old Bailey, designed the building. It opened in 1898 and was the heart of the Northampton Institute.

Over the years, the building has undergone many changes. Extensions to the original building, additional buildings constructed and damage from both fire and war have seen it dramatically change shape.

Visitors were able to take tours of the building, led by guides who explained the design and architectural style and gave facts about its history.

A photographic exhibition in the Great Hall provided an insight into how the building has changed since it opened, more than a century ago. Take a look at the slideshow below for more details on the history of City.

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