30 years ago, on 17 March 1988, Alexandra Palace reopened eight years after a devastating fire which had destroyed much of the building. Like the newly opened Phoenix Bar, Alexandra Palace was reborn bringing the best facilties and design the 1980s had to offer!
These glamorous images showcased the design of the ‘new’ Alexandra Palace. The rebuild was overseen by architect Dr. Peter Smith, but each area of the Palace was overseen by a separate designer. The driving force was to create an exhibition complex which would sustain the historic building. The architectural results merge late-20th century industrial, almost post-modern, design with surviving Victorian features.
The more successful elements of this survive today. In contrast to the clean and modernised aesthetic, the current restoration of the East Wing embraces the aged appearance of the building as it reflects the journey the spaces have been on. The restored Theatre will maintain and safe guard the atmospheric patina of age to its walls. This latest restoration is the largest investment in the Palace building since the 1980s redo and will open in 2018, thirty years later.
Alexandra Palace is a charity, run for the benefit of everyone. Our Park, Palace and spectacular events have been enriching lives since 1863, but the coronavirus pandemic has hit us hard. To be blunt, we are looking at a £1m shortfall this year and the same again next year. We know this time has been hard on many people but, if you can afford it, your support will help us get through this crisis.