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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: 1066521



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: 24-Feb-1958

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 208514

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TQ 2880 NE, CITY OF WESTMINSTER ALBEMARLE STREET W1 2980 NW 69/144 ; 70/21 24.2.58 No 21 (The Royal Institution)


Originally a terraced town house acquired for the Royal Institution in 1799. Built in 1756, brick, 3 storeys, 12 bays and then only one bay deep. Altered for Institution by Thomas Webster in 1799 and then in 1838 given a commensurately grand front by Lewis Vulliamy - regularised as 13 bays and rendered with a screen of giant engaged fluted Corinthian columns, on low pedestals, through the 3 storeys. Plain central square headed doorway with cornice on consoles. Revealed glazing bar sash windows, flat arches. Deep crowning entablature with projecting cornice. Stone balustraded area. The interior altered for the Institution by Webster with George Saunders as consultant: the staircase up to 1st floor retained from mid-C18 house, stone with wrought iron balustrade returned to galleried landing (plasterwork to walls and ceiling of 1928); semicircular shaped lecture theatre of c. 1800 with gallery; 'Conversation Room' (i.e. Scientific Gentleman's Library); Faraday's magnetic laboratory; statuary marble chimneypiece etc. Otherwise numerous alterations and embellishments in 1928-30 by Rome Guthrie. Association with Humphrey Davy and Michael Faraday etc.

Listing NGR: TQ2900480621

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National Grid Reference: TQ 29004 80621


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