WHITEHALL, WITH THE HOME OFFICE.
An admirable view of the noble Government Offices in Whitehall is obtained from the corner of Parliament Street, whence our photograph is taken. Sir Gilbert Scott designed these buildings, which are in the Italian style, his preference for the Gothic having boon overruled. The only entrance in Whitehall admits to the Home Office. In the less lofty buildings beyond Downing Street are the Education Department, the Treasury, and the Privy Council offices. Beyond Whitehall Gardens, on the right, is the Royal United Service Institution, which embraces the superb Banqueting Hall, built by Inigo Jones for James I., and a new annexe. Whitehall derives its name from the old Palace, of which the Banqueting Hall alone remains.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896