Pite, Arthur Beresford
On his own account, Pite travelled in the Middle East, and, influenced perhaps by Bentley's designs for Westminster Cathedral, London (1895–1903), designed the Parish Hall and Christ Church, North Brixton, London (1901–5), in which Byzantine, Mannerist, and serliana motifs are synthesized in one centralized composition. He also designed the Anglican Cathedral at Kampala, Uganda (1913–18), and churches at Entebbe, Uganda, Bucharest, and Warsaw, among other places.
Like other architects of the period, Pite turned to Neo-Classicism, and his office for the London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow Assurance Company, Euston Square, London (1906–19), was the first scholarly Greek Revival building in London since the 1850s, using a variation on the Bassae Order of C. R. Cockerell. One of his most interesting works, Pagani's Restaurant, Great Portland Street, London (1904–5), with its ceramic-covered façade, was destroyed in the 1939–45 war. He also designed the rumbustious Piccadilly entrance to Burlington Arcade, London (1911–30).
A. S. Gray (1985);
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Jane Turner (1996)
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