About Temple Bar
Celebrating architecture in the City of London through talks and tours, managing Sir Christopher Wren’s Temple Bar and supporting diversity in architecture.
In 2004 Temple Bar – the ancient western gateway to the City of London – was returned to the Square Mile as part of the redevelopment of Paternoster Square by Mitsubishi Estates. Since the end of the 19th century it had languished at Theobalds Park in Hertfordshire having been removed from its original Fleet Street location as being a hindrance to traffic.
The move was arranged by the Temple Bar Trust whose first Chairman Sir Hugh Wontner – Lord Mayor of London 1973-74 – suggested that this jewel of a building, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, might become the home of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects.
This has now taken place and Temple Bar and the adjacent Paternoster Lodge form the home for the Architects’ Company – the smallest of all the Livery Halls in the City.
The rooms are available for hire for meetings and meals, and both are fully accessible to all users. It also houses the education programme that introduces students, visitors and the City community to the delights of the area’s architectural heritage and modern architecture.
- Sir Michael Bear
- Sir Christopher Benson OAM DL
- Lady Finch
- Alderman Nicholas Lyons
- Sheriff Christopher Hayward
- Sir Peter Hendy CBE
- Alderman William Russell President of Bread Street Ward
- Sir Michael Savory
- Peter Murray OBE | Chairman
- Philip Cooper
- Barry Munday
- Geoffrey Purves
- Richard Brindley
- Andrew Reynolds
- Michael Stiff
- Lucy Bullivant
- Martha Grekos
- Nicholas Waring
The building is managed by Temple Bar Trust whose charitable objectives are:
- Education, knowledge and research in respect of the practice, science, art, history, conservation and preservation of architecture
- Education in respect of the architecture and history of the City of London
- Education in respect of the historic structure of Temple Bar, including education as to the importance of its preservation and use and its heritage as the architectural gateway to the City of London.
Temple Bar Trust will manage both spaces and will use its surplus funds initiating architectural events at Temple Bar and within the City. The Trust will specifically focus on supporting diversity in the architectural profession and promoting architecture to a wider public. Temple Bar was the traditional gateway to the City of London and will once again become a metaphorical gateway, a place where people can learn about the architecture and heritage before embarking on their visits and tours of the places and buildings of the Square Mile.
The Trust will host a regular programme of talks about architecture in the City aimed at a general audience and young people.
Capital and running expenses will be financed without borrowing by patronage, sponsorship and using the spaces for fine dining serviced by partnered caterers, business meetings, regular lectures on City architecture both historic and modern aimed at the public and tourists, and as a base for regular City guided tours.