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Blacklers No 1 Boarding House, Dartington

Description: Blacklers No 1 Boarding House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 28 January 1971
English Heritage Building ID: 101056

OS Grid Reference: SX8017562968
OS Grid Coordinates: 280175, 62968
Latitude/Longitude: 50.4543, -3.6893

Location: Park Road, Dartington, Devon TQ9 6EL

Locality: Dartington
Local Authority: South Hams District Council
County: Devon
Country: England
Postcode: TQ9 6EL

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Listing Text

SXB6SW No 1 Boarding House
2/141 (Blacklers)


Boarding house at Dartington School 1933 by W E Lescaze of Howe and Lescaze
of America, assisted by R Hening. Rendered brick with plain concrete
coping to the parapet concealing a flat roof. 2 Small rendered stacks on
the roof.
Plan: Long rectangular plan with a single storey projection with a balcony
over the left at the back. The entrance and staircase rear the left
(north) end of the front gives access to a longitudinal passage off which
there are playroom/classrooms, a cloakroom, a kitchen, a dining
room/;playroom and at the left (north) end the housefather's flat. At the
right (north) end the first floor is carried over a covered playground
area; a longitudinal spine corridor gives access to the childrens' bed-
sitting rooms and washrooms at the rear. International Modern Style.
Exterior: 2 storey. Asymmetrical west front; recessed porch towards the
left with flush doors with small round lights; above the doorway a large
rectangular stair window with a dripcourse continuing to the left and right
over long horizontal bands of windows of 2, 4 and 3-lights, each light
divided by a concrete pier, the centre band much shallower. The ground
storey is similar but has deeper window bands, the right-hand classroom
window is the deepest and continues around the right-hand end to the back
under the projecting first floor of the right-hand end which is carried on
6 very slender steel tube posts and forms a covered playground area with
access from a doorway in the classroom. There is a large rendered fire
escape staircase on the right-hand end which was added recently. The rear
(east) has a continuous first floor window band, the right end had access
to the balcony over the projecting ground floor room below. The ground
floor windows are deeper. Some of the original steel window frames have
been replaced with aluminium windows.
To the left of the entrance on the west front date 1933 on the wall in
raised figures without serifs.
Interior: the stairs are in an open well with a solid balustrade with a
broad oak handrail cappings. The rooms at the left end have fireplaces
faced in marble above and to one side only. Flush doors throughout. Small
desks in the bed-sittingrooms.
Blacklers is the first of 3 similar boarding houses to be built at
Dartington School by Lescaze, cf No 2 (Chimmels) and No 3 (Orchards)
Source: Architects drawings in the Dartington Hall archive.

Listing NGR: SX8017562968

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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