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The City of Brighton and Hove (Unitary Authority)
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TQ2904NW 579-1/18/32 18/07/78

CHURCH ROAD (North side) No.33 Palmeira Mansions


House at end of terrace, now part of language school. 1883-4. Architect H.J.Lanchester, builder Jabez Reynolds Jnr. Stucco over brick, roof concealed behind parapet, rendered stacks with moulded caps. Plan: end of terrace abutting No.31 (Palmeira Mansions) Church Road (qv), original entrance on long west return, now blocked, and entrance via late C20 extension abutting to north. South front: 4 storeys over basement, full-height canted bay with 3-window facade, sash windows without glazing bars, bracketed eaves cornice, moulded strings, second floor central window with garlanded scroll pediment carried on console brackets, arch-head windows to first floor with central pediment and linked entablature, continuous cast-iron balcony carried on shaped brackets, rusticated ground floor. Irregular fenestration to west front; flat-roofed porch end bay right, arch-head opening with panelled door and leaded fanlight adjoining 3-bay projection with rusticated columns, entablature continued from porch, first floor conservatory with cast-iron columns, cresting and stained glass. Apart from these features on the west front, the facade is identical to the other end of the terrace. Interior: a remarkable collection of fittings from the 1880s, largely intact, including the original lincrusta wall and ceiling papers, and original light fittings. Extensive use of coloured marbles on the ground floor; marble panelled entrance hall and doorcases, heraldic stained glass, marble floor, curved marble stair with marble balusters and handrail. Front room ground floor: painted and gilded ceiling coffered in the Moorish style, marble panelled dado, columns in corners and doorcase of paired columns with ogee arch to overdoor, a design echoed in the chimneypiece which is also of marble; original mahogany door. First floor landing: Moorish horseshoe arches, ornate painted and gilded ceiling continued into the conservatory which has Tiffany-style stained glass, now divided by a partition. Front room with ornate chimneypiece incorporating mirrored overmantel, original frieze and lavish pelmet box to portiere. Conference room with ornate chimneypiece, Venetian glass overmantel with glass columns and engraved glass, ornate doorcase. Other chimneypieces survive including a wooden one painted white in style loosely associated with Robert Adam. Third floor: former ballroom (now video library) patterned parquet floor, fine mahogany carved door, plasterwork frieze with roundels, notable Doulton ceramic chimneypiece. Partition separating inner room, perhaps used as a stage, with rococo-style wood and plaster chimneypiece incorporating mirror overmantel, lustreware hearth tiles of a design by Walter Crane. Little is known of the original owner of the house, who is believed to have been an ink-millionaire, and it is not certain that Lanchester, the architect of this terrace and many other properties in Hove, was actually responsible for the interior. The house first appears in the street directories for 1886 as occupied by R.Gillespie Esq., and 3 years later by A.W.Mason. An outstanding collection of fittings.

Listing NGR: TQ2940204669


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

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Date: 10 Oct 2005
Reference: IOE01/14749/32
Rights: Copyright IoE Ms Mary Allison. Source Historic England Archive
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