THE LONDON SCHOOL BOARD OFFICES
No one passing along the Victoria Embankment can fail to notice the Offices of the London School Board, which are situated west of the Temple. Long left unfinished on the eastern side, they have recently been completed, and now form a large and handsome block, early Renaissance in style, built of Portland stone, with bands of red brick, and separated from the Embankment by a pleasant public garden, in which, among other monuments, is one of Mr. W. E. Forster, the statesman who founded the School Board system, and another (to the right of the Wrestlers) of John Stuart Mill. The London School Board was established in 1870, and has on its rolls nearly half a million children, with some nine thousand adult and pupil teachers.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896