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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1066285



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Greater London Authority

District: City of Westminster

District Type: London Borough


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 09-Jan-1970

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 209092

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TQ 2980 NE and 3080 NW CITY OF WESTMINSTER CHARING CROSS ROAD, WC2 71/107 ;72/120 (West side)

9.1.70 National Portrait Gallery

G.V. I

Public art gallery. 1890-95 by Ewan Christian and J.K. Colling. Portland stone, slate, lead and glazed roofs. Freely composed Italian Renaissance design. 2 main storeys, basement and upper top lit galleries. 9 windows wide north front. The entrance is in short return with projecting lower pedimented entrance block picturesquely set on stepped angle of corner, semicircular arched doorway with Royal Arms carved in tympanum; short pilasters and portrait medallions above. The main north front has rusticated ground floor with square headed plate glass windows, upper floor with paired square headed windows, divided by granite shafts with distinctly Early English capitals, set beneath semicircular arches framing portrait medallions. String courses, cornice and deep parapet. The shallow south wing completes the east elevation of the National Gallery with giant engaged columns to bowed centre and Grecian pilasters to end pavilions, accounting for Grade I listing. West Duveen wing restrained ashlar addition of 1933 by the Office of Works. Ornate cast iron area railings. Interiors altered apart from staircase.

Survey of London; Vol. XX.

Listing NGR: TQ2999580611

Selected Sources

Books and journals
'Survey of London' in Trafalgar Square and neighbourhood The Parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields Part 3: Volume 20 , , Vol. 20, (1979)

National Grid Reference: TQ 29995 80611


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