The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

100 Buildings 100 Years

Celebrating 100 years of brilliant buildings.

In 2014, The Twentieth Century Society marks 100 years from the starting date of its coverage of British architecture in 1914. To celebrate we have compiled this online gallery of one building from each of these years, nominated by our supporters, to show the diversity and brilliance of the architecture we protect. All 100 buildings will be featured in an exhibition at the Royal Academy, opening on 11 October, and a book published by Batsford in November. To help protect buildings like these so that they survive for the future please join C20 Society.


1937: Greenside, Virginia Water, Surrey

by Connell, Ward and Lucas

It is heartening to see the growing enthusiasm and support for twentieth century buildings – even some of those still regarded as more difficult to love – and we hope this is reflected in the buildings nominated to represent ‘our’ century. They are not all grand, listed icons – indeed we were keen to include good examples of vernacular building types and structures from the war years such as pre-fabs and boatyards. Above all, we asked people to nominate buildings they have a particular connection to, the ones they find fascinating or that inspire them. Not all these important buildings are still with us: an early nomination was the Firestone Factory, famously demolished over a bank holiday weekend, which was the first serious case for the Thirties Society.


1933: Battersea Power Station, London

by Giles Gilbert Scott

Search 100 Buildings 100 Years

Look for buildings by entering the name of a building or architect or browsing the drop down list. Each entry gives the architect and location, and the icons show listing status. Where available, we have linked to detailed online information about the building, such as the Historic England listing description.

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