Covent Garden Store Slowly Being Revealed

April 15, 2010

Construction work on the future Covent Garden (London) retail store is in the final stages, and the scaffolding that has obscured Apple’s restoration of the historic building is finally coming down to reveal a brighter, red-brick building that towers over the neighborhood. Decades of grim have been scrubbed away from the building that dates to 1877, and various architectural features have been restored, including the stone arches, doors, signs and illumination lamps. However, the most impressive restoration work is still invisible—the interior. The usual spiral glass staircase centerpiece of Apple’s high-profile stores will be overshadowed here by an impressively-detailed glass skylight over a interior courtyard that was originally used for horse-drawn deliveries to the building. Many other original features have been retained, and will give the Apple store an historic look. Right now, there is scaffolding over the lower portion of the building to allow workers to access the stone arches for restoration. A construction barricade prevents a view of the main portico. A grand opening of the store is scheduled for late May. Check photos after the break.

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A view along King St. at the front of the store

A closer view of the restored brickwork and the stone window frames

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