Abbey House, Baker Street, London

Abbey House, located at 219-229 Baker Street, London contains part of the central tower and a section of the façade of what was the headquarters for the Abbey Road Building Society (now Abbey National) from 1932 until 2002. The Art Deco styling of the building was designed by J. J. Joass and is original, the rest of the building was rebuilt as residential and commercial units as well as underground parking.

The building is also the “official” address of Sherlock Holmes. When Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the first Sherlock Holmes novel A Study in Scarlet in 1887 Holmes’ address of 221B Baker Street did not actually exist – it wasn’t until years later that Baker Street was extended to go as high as that and the Abbey National Building Society moved in in 1932. Amusingly they used to employ a full time secretary to answer mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes. The blue plaque claiming Holmes’ address is outside the Sherlock Holmes Museum, further down the street.

It has some lovely original details such as this sculpture of a lighthouse, above, and a winged woman, below.

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