Euston Station

Don't visit Euston Station for the sculpture or the architecture, but if you happen to be there, then it is worth looking around. The original station, built in the 1830s by Philip and P. C. Hardwick, featured a monumental Doric Greek arch, but this was demolished by the Barbarian hordes in the 1960s. The current station and its surroundings are bland modern blocks. On a more encouraging note, there are two surviving 'gate towers' which date from 1869 (by J. B. Stansby), which now stand far forward of the main station. These are simple classical designs, with small sculptural groups on the pediments.

A War Memorial nearby has four bronze soldiers, heads bowed, around a central shaft; somewhat conventional but well executed. The best sculpture in the locality is that of Robert Louis Stephenson, with a slightly bulging stomach. The sculptor was Marochetti, who was born in Italy and worked in Paris before coming to England to become one of the better sculptors of the day. Other monuments are modern - there is a 1980 large abstract work by Paulozzi, called Piscator - he has done better things, but this piece is interesting to see if you are familiar with some of his other work. Euston Banners is a pointless beanpole construction of 1994 by Sue Ridge and Mark Firth. Four humble benches in front of the station are apparently also an artwork. They are in different stones, labelled by type and age, and this is a good place for the amateur geologist, because as well as these, the interior floor of Euston Station contains an inordinate amount of serpentinite on the floor.

A short wander along the main road reveals various classical buildings with good Doric and Corinthian pillars. See if you can spot a complete set of elephantine Greek Caryatids, faithfully copied from the ones of the Parthenon in Athens.

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