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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: 1113237



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

County: Greater London Authority

District: Camden

District Type: London Borough


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 23-May-1989

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 477687

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TQ2883NE OVAL ROAD 798-1/76/1259 (East side) 23/05/89 Piano Factory Building


Piano factory, now offices. 1852. By Thomas and William Piper. For piano manufacturers Messrs Collard and Collard. English bond yellow stock brick; roof not visible. Circular plan. EXTERIOR: 5 storeys. 22 bays, each bay divided by raised pilaster continued to moulded stucco entablature and gablet projecting beyond splayed stucco cornice. Stucco pilasters flank segmental-arched 1st floor doorway. Segmental brick arches over wood and iron casements. Rectangular addition, dating from before 1868 and housing staircase to rear. INTERIOR: cast-iron columns and beams to vaulted brick ceilings; cast-iron columns, each with moulded plinth and capital, surround blocked-in central well; iron king post trusses radiate from central well; addition houses open-well staircase with simple iron balustrade and cantilevered stone treads, and has stone flag flooring. HISTORICAL NOTE: the open well was used for moving the pianos from floor to floor, with a former hoist, during the manufacturing process. The lowest floor was used for drying, the next for upright pianos, the second floor for cleaning, the third for polishing the cases and those above for "belly" manufacture and finishing off. Collard and Collard were the oldest of the well-known piano manufacturing firms of the St Pancras area, having patented a form of upright "square" piano in 1811. This building replaced a similarly shaped one which was destroyed by fire a year after it was built in 1851.

Listing NGR: TQ2858083916

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National Grid Reference: TQ 28580 83916


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