Our second #openhouselondon destination today: Apothecaries’ Hall, the City of London’s oldest Livery Company Hall, purchased by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 1617, burnt down in the Great Fire in 1666 and subsequently rebuilt, and then restored in the 1780s. The last 2 shots show the Apothecaries’ Coat of Arms, which feature a rhino, designed by Albrecht Durer, who had never seen one before and mistakenly believed they had an extra horn growing out of their backs! Their symbol was the rhino due to the perceived medical benefits of its horn. Today, the Society is part of conservation efforts to help save the rhino, to attempt to help undo the part they took in bringing it near to extinction.
“Somewhere within, mixed with the pain, were images of soft flowers. Yet, if inside felt stagnant, just as a river, it simply needed to flow. And so one day, after time unmeasured, the house opened each door and window. It shivered at first, for the wind felt cold and it was used to the dust and the odour of nothing.”
It’s been a long time since I’ve been to London and seen a building that really caught my attention... this pointy building in the middle is amazing, like a moving optical illusion... a photo just doesn’t do it justice! #oldstreet#london#londonarchitecture#ilovelondon