About Barbican History
Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs Bomb Site (detail, 1942)
World War II bombing left the area North of St. Paul’s completely flattened and devastated.
Bomb devastated Barbican Site
At the end of the war only 58 people remained in the parish of St. Giles Cripplegate.
Chamberlain, Powell and Bon Barbican proposal 1956
City of London proposed to transform the wasteland into modern, efficient, suburban housing. The plan would include residential housing, schools, gardens. Chamberlain, Powell and Bon were appointed as architects.
Proposal for Barbican Centre Silk St Entrance
The idea for an arts centre was a later addition to the original plans.
Construction began in 1971 and was only completed in 1985.