Weekend engineering works on the Eastern stretch of the District Line gave me the opportunity to mooch around Bow yesterday. Every cloud and all that. I noticed that Bow Police Station has been closed less than a month. Note the alternatives listed on the notice. A thin gruel. The crims of East London must be delighted.
This particular building was designed by John Dixon Butler (1861–1920) and completed in 1903. A collaborator of Norman Shaw, as Surveyor and Architect to the Metropolitan Police he designed over 200 public buildings. As a near-complete survivor of his work, Bow Police Station was Grade II listed in 2009.
It’s astounding how many public buildings were constructed in the Edwardian Era. Libraries, hospitals, police stations, museums, archives, etc. A century later, many have succumbed; many more are in constant danger.
Excellent further information on this building and its architect here.