Queen Alexandra's House


Current StatusStill student housing
AddressKensington Gore, City of Westminster
Building Date and Architect1884 by C.P Clarke and R. Down
DesignationListed Grade II in 1987
National Grid ReferenceTQ2651579542

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Built as a student hostel for 100 women students at the Royal Colleges of Music, Art and Science.  This red brick building in a free Jacobean/Queen Anne revival style has a prominent location next to the Royal Albert Hall.

The curved façade features seven full height canted bay windows at intervals along the façade with stepped gables over, culminating in chimney stacks. The entrances feature inset terracotta plaques modelled by Richard Ledward RA.

The elaborate surviving interiors include an open iron staircase with slender decorated iron supports; decorative glazed faience to the entrance hall; stained glass; a faience fireplace in the drawing room; elaborate plasterwork and woodwork, and a dining room with 12 Doulton tile panels illustrating the arts of music and pottery, designed by John Eyre. 

Listed as an early example of purpose-built student hostel; terracotta faience and tile pictures donated by Henry Doulton.