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To see the Talisman building today, fully restored as one of London’s rare beacons of Art Deco architecture, it is inconceivable to imagine that its continued existence was once in jeopardy. Named for the antiques company that now occupies its ground floor, the property dates to 1939. Its sleek geometric lines are typical of industrial Art Deco architecture and its original use as a car garage. The site is a local landmark and just eight years ago was destined for demolition before local resident and owner of Talisman Antiques, Ken Bolan, came to its aid. Bolan’s connection to the site goes back 40 years, to a period when he looked for vintage

cars for wealthy clients. The delivery address was the garage housed in the Talisman building and through its adaptation in the 1970s to a petrol station, Bolan dreamed of one day owning the site and restoring it to its former glory. Sold to a developer in 2000, the project to demolish and rebuild the Talisman building was abandoned in 2004, when Bolan bought the 18,000sq ft, four-story property. Unsure how to use the vast space, he engaged Gumuchdjian Architects who created a distinct retail space for Bolan’s antique business. The space became one of the most celebrated antiques businesses in

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