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Burgate House (Image 1) was the first major retail rebuilding after WWII war damage.  It was built in 1950 on especially deep piles as it stands on a large shell crater.  The project was funded by the people of Canada.

 

What to see:

 

  • The fading and easily missed plaque explaining that funding for the development came from the government of Canada (Image 2)

  • The Canadian maple leaf motif in some of the cast iron balconies (Image 3)

  • The false chimney stacks given away by small windows (Image 4)

 

Access: visible from Burgate Street

 

Sources:  Cantacuzino (1970);  Newman (1983)

 

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