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Egyptian Façade, Reliance Arcade, Brixton

Restoration of the Egyptian faience façade

Reliance Arcade is a narrow covered market in the centre of Brixton, built between 1923-5 by Andrews and Peascod. Its Egyptian-style faience façade, fronting Electric Lane, is of particular interest. It is an early example of Egyptian architecture in London, a short-lived but intense fashion in the 1920's influenced by the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922 and the Paris exhibition of 1925. Due to the transient nature of this trend there are few other remaining examples of this architectural style.

The restoration project supported by HOLT included repairing decorative tiles on the façade and the frieze above the entrance which were suffering from water ingress, Buddleia growth and intrusive modern wiring. Bespoke faience tiles were matched to the originals and the glass Reliance Arcade sign was repaired with a new light box added behind to illuminate it.

This project was funded by HOLT kindly supported by a donation from Mishcon de Reya.

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