THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1216787
Date first listed:
24-Feb-1958
Statutory Address:
THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS, 8, JOHN ADAM STREET WC2

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Location

Statutory Address:
THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS, 8, JOHN ADAM STREET WC2

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

County:
Greater London Authority
District:
City of Westminster (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 30373 80612

Details

TQ 3080 NW CITY OF WESTMINSTER JOHN ADAM STREET, WC2 (north side) 72/132 No. 8: The Royal Society 24.2.58 of Arts G.V. I Learned Society premises and lecture hall. 1772-74 by Robert Adam. Brown brick with stone dressings, slate roof. Chaste Adam temple front. 3 main storeys, attic and basement. 3 widely spaced window bays. Central tripartite doorway of panelled door and side lights framed by pilasters and central projecting porch with "Tower of the Winds" columns and pilasters, fluted frieze with paterae and swags and cornice. Flanking recessed glazing bar sashes under flat gauged arches, but to the centre on 1st floor is a large Adam Venetian window inscribed in a semicircular arched recess with fan decoration to head above the 3 lights, the centre one arched, divided by slender Ionic columns. Above plat band the 3 bays of the upper floors are articulated by a giant engaged order of Ionic columns carrying entablature with triglyph frieze interrupted by inscription "Arts and Commerce Promoted", cornice and dentil pediment. Cast iron area railings with pineapple finials. The rear, exposed through to Strand, also has a monumental elevation with 4 stone fluted Ionic pilasters through blind 1st and 2nd floors, framing figure panels, with entablature and pediment. The interior retains a number of fine original features including the lower part of the staircase, the library with its column screen and chimneypiece and the lecture hall which although redecorated by J.R. Hay in 1846, retains James Barry's great sequence of wall paintings etc. Survey of London; Vol. XVIII.

Listing NGR: TQ3037780611

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
411455
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
'Survey of London' in The Strand The Parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields Part 2: Volume 18 , , Vol. 18, (1937)

Legal

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

End of official listing

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Date: 23 Mar 2006
Reference: IOE01/15193/08
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr G.W. Garthwaite. Source Historic England Archive
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