Portrait of architect Charles Holden.
Unknown photographer, 1925 - 1945
Image no: 17712
Inventory no: 1998/24727
20th Century London caption: Holden's designs for London Transport are some of the best inter-war commercial buildings in Britain. Holden showed great early promise as an architect, becoming a partner in H Percy Adam's firm by the time he was 32. He met Frank Pick in 1915 at the Design and Industry Association. Holden realised Pick's dreams of creating architecture that proclaimed its 'fitness for purpose'. Holden designed for the Underground from 1922. His most famous building is at 55 Broadway, the headquarters of London Underground. He also designed stations on the Northern and Piccadilly lines between the wars. However, he considered Senate House, part of the University of London, his masterpiece. This building in Bloomsbury opened in 1936. Holden refused a knighthood on the grounds it would separate him from the ordinary people.