University College London, by William Wilkins
The Wilkins Building, UCL, on Gower Street, Bloomsbury. Designed by William Wilkins (1827-9).
Originally opened in 1828 as the University of London, University College was set up as the first university in England and Wales open to non-Anglicans, and was modeled on German educational practice at that time.
The building seen here is in fact a compromise from Wilkins' original competition-winning design, which was a grand, E-shaped scheme, with a Corinthian portico and 3 domes, around a large quadrangle screened from Gower street by Doric columns.