Time Travel London: Return Of The Crystal Palace

Fancy meddling with time and space? We recently asked you to merge the past, present and future of our city in imaginative ways. It could be a drawing, painting, manipulated photograph, or even a map.

Alex Knights sends us this photo montage showing the streets of Crystal Palace, with the gigantic glass exhibition hall looming behind, as though it had never burned down. Alex explains:

I took the shot from the same position as the old photograph, so should be located exactly as it would have been. I believe the original photograph was taken by none other than Emile Zola when he was in hiding in Crystal Palace after the Dreyfus Affair. While keeping a low(ish) profile, he kept himself occupied by playing around with a camera – a new medium at the time. The streets below the palace are surprising unchanged — except for the cars!

We’re welcoming further entries to the Time Travel London competition for the foreseeable future. Perhaps you’ll depict Shakespeare pedalling a Boris Bike through Southwark, or Christopher Wren sketching out plans for the Shard. Thinking caps on! Send images to matt@londonist.com to be considered for entry. We hope to show the most imaginative entries at a future exhibition.

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  • MB

    Why nobody has built a recreation Crystal Palace in Hyde Park as a museum/exhibition center is beyond me. Seems like pretty obvious tourist pay dirt. And hate to say it, but definitely Hyde Park over Sydenham – it’d only make money if you did it right.

  • Elizabeth Marie Thauberger

    WHY NOT EMBARK UPON SUCH A ‘RECONSTRUCTION’ PROJECT TO COMMEMORATE THE GRAND PALACE, PERHAPS IN 2126, 150 YEARS AFTER THE ORIGINAL FIRST OPENED? I AM SURE QUEEN VICTORIA AND HER BELOVED RINCE ALBERT WOULD BE LOOKING DOWN IN UTTER DELIGHT. SHE WOULD BE ‘AMUSED’!