The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

Department Stores

We are seeing increasing numbers of well designed C20 department stores coming up for demolition or unsympathetic alteration as more high street shops close in response to changing shopping habits and the pressure of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read our latest news story here.

We are carrying out research into 20th century stores and compiling a list of those at risk in the UK with the help of our regional groups. We are looking at suitable alternative uses and design strategies which can keep the architectural qualities of the buildings intact,  If you know that your own local store is closing, and you think it’s a good building which we should be concerned about please email, ideally with a photo and the full postal address.