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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: 1291018



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: 09-Jan-1970

Date of most recent amendment: 01-Dec-1987

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 208940

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TQ 2980 NW CITY OF WESTMINSTER BURLINGTON GARDENS W1 70/33 No 6 Ethnography Department of the British Museum 9.1.70 (formerly listed as Civil GV Service Commission)


Built as the headquarters of the University of London, now museum. 1866-69 by Sir James Pennethorne. Portland stone and pink sandstone; slate roof. Boldly modelled free Renaissance classicism, richly carved and endowed with free standing statues sculpted by J. Durham, P. MacDowell, W. Theed, E. W. Wyon, J. S. Westmacott, W. F. Woodington and M. Noble. 2 tall storeys and basement. Main centre block of 7 bays with flanking square pavilion-towers, 3 bay wings and flanking archways. The centrepiece has a projecting colonnaded portico approached by balustrated steps at sides. Arcaded upper storey with giant order of Corinthian columns between the pavilion-towers which have square attics bearing clock face and weathervane dial. The wings have statues in niches to ground storey and 3 light windows above articulated by Corinthian columns. Enriched cornices and balustraded parapets. The portico surmounted by seated scientific worthies and standing figures of same on the balustraded roof parapet. Carriage archways to east and west, the former partly blind. Returns of red and black brick and sandstone. Although altered the interior retains grand clerestory- lit central stairwell, hall and landing each being screened from well by 3 large arches. The stairs rise one flight and then divide. Ornate plasterwork to 1st floor ceilings etc.

Survey of London; vol XXXII

Listing NGR: TQ2916380619

Selected Sources

Books and journals
'Survey of London' in The Parish of Westminster Part 2 North of Piccadilly: Volumes 31 and 32 , , Vol. 32, (1963)

National Grid Reference: TQ 29163 80619


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