London premises information wanted

Down here on the Survey of London, the official history of London's buildings we are working on a history of the area and architecture of the West End where Argylls had their London showroom and HQ during their brief Edwardian heyday.

You probably know that the buildings partly survive at 17 Newman Street - they are now the offices of well known engineers, Buro Happold. I am sending you a photo which shows the front – it is the stone building on the left. Also a link to our website if you want to know more about us at the Survey:

Argylls London building
We are trying to find out a bit more about these premises and would specially like to track down the name of their architect. The showrooms are mentioned and illustrated in Carscapes by Kathryn Morrison and John Minnis, both of whom we know well, and they have sent us what cuttings they have about the building, but they don't really offer much information. We know the builder was a London man called Truman Stevens and the date appears be 1904, that is all.

Andrew Saint
General Editor
The Survey of London

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