Sunday, 30 April 2017

A-Z Challenge 2017 - Houses, some real, some not, -'Z'

Z - Zimbabwe House

Zimbabwe House, London
This Grade II Listed Building on the Strand is now occupied by the Zimbabwean Embassy.

It was designed by Charles Hoden in 1907-1908 as the Headquarters of the British Medical Association. It featured naked statues by Joseph Epstein.

For the startled Edwardian public the full-frontal nudity, not to mention the wrinkled flesh of a grand maternal woman holding a baby, proved too much. A campaign against the statues began, with protests from a group called the National Vigilance Society and a raging debate in the press. The Evening Standard declared that ‘no careful father’ would let his daughter see such depravity,

The statues remain today in a mutilated state following the removal in the 1930s of projecting features after pieces, some say of a phallus, fell off on to a gentleman passerby.

What a way to end A-Z this year.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - that wasn't what I was expecting ... and yes - what a house to end the year on ... Zimbabwe and naked statues numerous ... my father didn't let me see them! Well done on another excellent A-Z ... I loved seeing the houses you'd selected ... great range ... cheers and now for a little peace! Hilary

Keith's Ramblings said...

What a grand building, and far larger than any building I saw on my recent visit to Zimbabwe itself! Of all the things to bump you on the head...!

It's farewell to Amble Bay!

FinnBadger said...

A great ending, with an interesting story to boot. Thanks for all the great visits to houses up and down the country.

Phillip | Z is for Zines Zoinks! I made it to the end!

Kristin said...

Great ending. People are so strange about nudity. Can't believe the challenge is really over. Whew!

Susanne Matthews said...

LOL Imagine getting struck by a falling phallus. The Vatican had a few statues emasculated in its day. We visited Oslo last summer. Nobody bobs their naked statues. Find me here. LINK

Jo said...

I don't remember the naked statues debate. Interesting story. In a local deli store called David's there is a copy of the statue of David - used to be in all his glory but someone obviously complained so now he wears a loooong scarf. Ridiculous in this day and age.

Deepa said...

I am at awe, this is a different post from all your posts this month.
Perfect way to end the challenge.

Thank you for regularly dropping by my blog. Congrats on finishing the A to Z Challenge. Every post was wonderful

A to Z Reflections: Looking Back In Time

Mail Adventures said...

A perfect way to end the challenge! I hope you have enjoyed it as much I have enjoying reading your posts.
Eva - Mail Adventures