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Warwick Street

Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, is a Catholic church, specifically the church of the Ordinariate. I was given the task of creating a logo for the church, which has an incredible background. 

It started as a chapel belonging to the Portuguese Embassy at 24 Golden Square, in the early 18th Century. In 1747 the Portuguese Embassy moved and the house and chapel were taken over by the Bavarian Embassy. In 1780, it was severely damaged and its contents burnt during the Gordon Riots. The present church opened on the feast of St Gregory the Great in 1790, and in 1854 it became a parish church. 
The chapel is the only remaining Catholic Embassy Chapel of the Penal Times. 

I used the façade as the basis for the logo, as it is representative of the church's history. There were no drawings of the church, but through research I came across F. H. W. Sheppard, Survey of London: Volumes 31 and 32, St James Westminster, Part 2, 1963, which had a detailed description of the history, as well as 20th century plans of the church.