Raven Row Gallery
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Housed in late 17th century ;listed buildings
In the Middle Ages, this part of Spitalfields was the site of St Mary Spital, the largest hospital in Europe. Around 1690 a pair of dwellings were constructed at 56 and 58 Artillery Lane. In the 1750s the houses were rebuilt as luxury shops by Huguenot silk merchants.
In 1827 no. 58 was given a new Regency facade. Unfortunately, the prosperity brought by the weaving industry did not last, and the Spitalfields area became an impoverished area, housing workers in the food markets nearby.
The historic houses were damaged by fire in the 1950s and again in the 1970s. They were empty and deteriorating before Alex Sainsbury stepped in to create a gallery space for contemporary art, blending the historic architecture of the 18th-century interiors with a modern exhibition area.
The architecture firm 6a transformed the historic interiors into an exhibition space, retaining as much as possible of the original 18th-century interiors architecture. The upper floors house visiting artists and art curators, while the ground floor exhibition space.
The gallery was launched in 2009 and the first exhibit was 'Please Add to and Return' by New York pop artist Ray Johnson. It takes its name from its location; this section of Artillery Lane was known as Raven Row until 1895.
The ethos of Raven Row is to make art more accessible to a non-specialist audience. The gallery is run on a non-profit basis, and the building houses the non-profit book publisher Four Corners Books.
The closest underground station is Liverpool Street Station - take the Bishopsgate exit.
About Raven Row Gallery
Address: 56 Artillery Lane, Spitalfields, London, Greater London, England, E1 7LS
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: The nearest tube and rail is Liverpool Street Station - use the Bishopsgate east exit.
Website: Raven Row Gallery
Photo Credit: Screenshot image is (c) Raven Row
Nearest station: Aldgate East - 0.1 miles (straight line) - Zone: 1
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
St Botolph without Aldgate - 0.3 miles (Historic Church)
18 Folgate Street - 0.4 miles (Historic Building)
St Andrew Undershaft - 0.4 miles (Historic Church)
All Hallows London Wall - 0.5 miles (Historic Church)
St Olave, Hart Street - 0.5 miles (Historic Church)
All Hallows Staining - 0.6 miles (Historic Church)
Leadenhall Market - 0.6 miles (Historic Building)
London Guildhall - 0.6 miles (Historic Building)
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