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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: 1234514



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: II*

Date first listed: 20-Sep-1960

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 207244

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TQ 3180 NW CITY OF WESTMINSTER TEMPLE PLACE, WC2 74/11 No 2: (Incorporated 20.9.60 Accountants Hall) G.V. II* Former Astor Estate Office. 1895 by J L Pearson, designed to include town flat for Lord Astor. Portland stone, slate roof. Highly sophisticated, scholarly, yet never slavish rendition "in small" of an Early Elizabethan style, exquisitely executed. Symmetrical front with north west wing. 2 storeys with steep gable end roof. 5 windows wide. 4-centred arched doorway in west side between shallow gabled breaks, one with oriel bay. South front has 4-centred arched grouped mullion casements between large oriel bays with leaded and stained glass lights and crenellated parapets flanking the south front. Saddlestones to gables with finely wrought iron finials and weathervane on ridge, delicately detailed "Tudor" chimney stacks. Very fine and richly decorated interiors with central staircase hall with gallery of ebony columns surrounding it at upper level, very high quality carving in an Elizabethan manner with inventive detailing, the roof glazed between the trusses. The principal room on the 1st floor lies behind the south front overlooking the Thames through the oriel bays, lavishly decorated, in particular the doors (here and throughout the house), the central door faced with nine silver-gilt panels by Frampton of seated female figures; the stained glass in the oriels depicting landscapes by the firm of Clayton and Bell. A remarkable ensemble, one of Pearson's last works, and a fin de siecle counterpoint to Pugin's ScarisbrickHall interiors. J L Pearson; Anthony Quinney.

Listing NGR: TQ3109780887

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Quiney, A, John Loughborough Pearson, (1979)

National Grid Reference: TQ 31098 80878


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