The Lee Green Telephone Exchange, constructed in 1909, was designed by the renowned architect Leonard Stokes (1858-1925) and is Grade II Listed. Shortly after completing the building Stokes was elected president of the RIBA and awarded the Gold Medal for his contribution to British architecture.
Stokes was married to the daughter of the General Manager of the National Telephone Company and rather unsurprisingly his portfolio includes a large number of telephone exchanges. Frame acquired Stokes’s original architectural drawings and specification with the property and this historical record has guided the process of restoration and repair as well as informing the design of the new installations.
The phone box in the front forecourt, an original K6 Jubilee Kiosk design by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960), has been repurposed as a light installation; an enduring reminder of the building’s heritage while marking its shift in identity.