PIANO FACTORY BUILDING

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1113237

Date first listed: 23-May-1989

Statutory Address: PIANO FACTORY BUILDING, OVAL ROAD

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Location

Statutory Address: PIANO FACTORY BUILDING, OVAL ROAD

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

County: Greater London Authority

District: Camden (London Borough)

National Grid Reference: TQ 28580 83916

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Details

CAMDEN

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

GV II

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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