Thomas Edward Collcutt (1840-1924)

The architect T. E. Collcutt worked in the establishment of G. E. Street before setting up his own practice in 1873. His most important building in London was the Imperial Institute (1887- 93), of which only the central tower remains as part of Imperial College. He also designed the Savoy Hotel, which has been much altered. However the Palace Theatre (1889) and Wigmore Hall (1890) happily remain as Collcutt conceived them. The Palace Theatre in Cambridge Circus (on Charing Cross Road) was built as the Royal English Opera House for D'Oyly Carte, and Collcutt achieved great effect with strong terra cotta ornamentation all over. Wigmore Hall is also highly decorated.

The Palace Theatre, London, by Collcutt.

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