K2 TELEPHONE KIOSK OUTSIDE CARFAX TOWER

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1393364

Date first listed: 03-Jul-2009

Statutory Address: K2 TELEPHONE KIOSK OUTSIDE CARFAX TOWER, QUEEN STREET

Map

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Location

Statutory Address: K2 TELEPHONE KIOSK OUTSIDE CARFAX TOWER, QUEEN STREET

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Oxfordshire

District: Oxford (District Authority)

National Grid Reference: SP 51310 06182

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

The K2 telephone box outside Carfax Tower is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Giles Gilbert Scott's design has special interest for its artistry and functionality as well as its iconic status as a milestone of C20 industrial design; * There was originally a kiosk in this location and the K2 has group value with the C12 tower of the former church of St Martin, Carfax.

History

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Details

OXFORD

612/0/10196 QUEEN STREET 03-JUL-09 K2 Telephone Kiosk outside Carfax Tower

GV II K2 kiosk, c1927, designed by Giles Gilbert Scott.

Cast iron and painted red, the kiosk is neo-classical in inspiration with Soanian segmental vaulted roofs and multi-pane glazing reminiscent of a Georgian sash window, the latter with reeded strip surrounds and classical paterae. It has a perforated crown, the symbol of the GPO, set within the upper faces of the canopy and placed above a glazed panel bearing the word 'TELEPHONE'.

The K2 kiosk is located outside a C12 tower (qv), the only surviving part of the Church of St Martin, Carfax, which was demolished in 1896 for the purposes of road widening. The K2 kiosk, along with a red pillar box, is located where the church's nave once stood. The spot is labelled 'T.C.B.' (telephone call box) on the Ordnance Survey map of 1939, suggesting there was originally a kiosk here, but the current K2 is one of four placed in the locations around the city in 1994 following a bequest from Nicholas Medley.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: The K2 telephone kiosk is listed for the following principal reasons: * Giles Gilbert Scott's design has special interest for its artistry and functionality as well its iconic status as a milestone of C20 industrial design; * There was originally a kiosk in this location and the K2 has group value with the C12 tower of the former church of St Martin, Carfax.

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 506439

Legacy System: LBS

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