THE CITY TEMPLE.
Few Nonconformist divines are better known than the Rev. Joseph Parker, D.D., whose church, styled the City Temple, is one of the chief ornaments of Holborn Viaduct. This building, in the light Italian style, cost £35,000, and the site entailed an expenditure of £25,000. The floor is on a level with the Viaduct, and beneath are school-rooms, entered from Shoe Lane. The organ is an unusually fine one, and the handsome marble pulpit is of such dimensions that the preacher has ample space for the dramatic action by which he enforces his exhortations. Though the City Temple has three thousand sittings, it is often difficult to accommodate the crowds who come to enjoy Dr. Parker's pungent and picturesque oratory. The chief gatherings of the Congregational Union during the "May meetings" are held here.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896