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TQ 26625 79408


In the entry for: TQ 2679 SE CITY OF WESTMINSTWER PRINCE CONSORT ROAD, SW7 94/4 (south side) 25.9.81 Royal College of Music GV II the description shall be amended to read as follows: College. Designed 1889, built 1890-4 by Sir A W Blomfield; concert hall to rear 1899-1901 by Sidney Smith. Red brick with stone banding on ground floor and dressings. throughout. Five storeys with attics and double basements on steeply falling site. Symmetrical composition with entrance vestibule and staircase hall on central axis with concert hall behind; former examination rooms underneath this now sound studio. Main range with basement library, ground and first-floor offices with practice rooms above. Main facade of twelve bays with towers to either end capped pyramidal tops and tourelles. Central arched entrance with two subsidiary arched entrances flanking. Two centre bays set forward above, with superimposed orders of paired pilasters in free Ionic and Corinthian orders, and stone gable above with inset clock flanked by finials. Windows mullioned and transomed, mainly square-headed except alternate segmental heads to third floor, and those to towers and central gable which are semi-circular with cuspless tracery. Pediments to second floor windows. Bands between floors and cornice above third floor. Elaborate gabled dormers with pedimented tops and finials. Rear elevation with mullioned and transomed windows under square heads, a plainer design. Marble-lined entrance hall, double height with gallery and incorporating First World War memorial. Ceiling here and in former ground-floor council room, now offices, of Jackson's patent ornamental plasterwork. Elaborate doors to staircase hall, where imperial stair has simple iron balustrade, which leads on axis to Smith's concert hall. This has barrel-vaulted roof with coffering between trusses, which rest on massive modillion moulded cornice under square clerestorey windows arranged in threes. Under this five-light round-arched mullioned and transomed windows with floreate mouldings, their spandrels filled with reclining bas reliefs. Panelling below dado rail. Large stage (extended later C20 and not special) with round-arches over entrances either side of organ by J W Walker and contemporary with hall. Small balcony over entrances to rear, with above that a round-arched internal window. Most interiors of the main building retain original doors, cornices and mouldings. Of particular interest is the former Donaldson Museum, now part of the library, in the lower basement, with classical arcades - round-arched and with keystones - in the spandrels of which are paintings by Gaston de Vaere. Trabeated ceiling with elaborate stenciled decoration. Moorish gallery. Also impressive are the music rooms in the attic, with open timber trusses and dado panelling in Blomfield's distinctive idiom; these undergoing careful restoration in 1994. Source: Survey of London, vol. 38, South Kensington, the Museums Area, 1975, pp.228-30. -----------------------------------------------------------------

TQ 2679 SE CITY OF WESTMINSTER PRINCE CONSORT ROAD, SW7 94/4 (south side) 25.9. 81 Royal College of Music. GV II College. 1890-4. Sir Arthur Blomfield. Later concert room by Sidney Smith. Red brick, steeply pitched slate roof. Eclectic Gothic/Jacobean style. Four storeys plus basement and dormers. Symmetrical composition of twelve bays with towers to either end, capped by turreted spires. Central arched entrance with two subsidiary arched entrances flanking. Two centre bays set forward above, with superimposed orders of paired pilasters in free Ionic and Corinthian orders, and gable above with inset clock. Windows mullioned and transomed, mainly square headed except some to third floor, which segmental, and those to towers and central gable which are semicircular with cuspless tracery. Pediments to second floor window. Cornice above third floor. Gabled dormers.

Listing NGR: TQ2662579408


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'Survey of London' in The Museums Area of South Kensington and Westminster: Volume 38 , , Vol. 38, (1975), 228-230


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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