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Philip Hardwick, (1792-1870), architect. Educated at the Revd. Dr. Barrow's School on Soho Square. In 1808 he entered the schools of the Royal Academy and became a pupil in his father's architecture office. Exhibited drawings at the Royal Academy, including his buildings at St. Katherine's Docks and Euston Railway station and designs for Lincoln's Inn. F.S.A. 1824; F.R.S.1831; R.A. 1841; Vice President of the Institute of British Architects 1839 and 1841. Treasurer of the Royal Academy 1850-1861.
In 1825, he was appointed architect to the St Katherine's Dock Company, for whom he designed the dock buildings, Thomas Telford designing the docks themselves. In 1829 he became architect to the Goldsmiths' Company, designing a new hall for them which was opened in 1835. In 1836, Hardwick became architect to the London and Birmingham Railway. He built a great Doric propylaeum, which became known as the "Euston Arch", as an entrance to the railway's Euston Station. In 1838 he built the Curzon Street Station as the railway's Birmingham terminus. It is an austere cubic three-story building in the Ionic style, with a portico of four giant Ionic columns.
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