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Description: Mount Vernon Hospital
Date Listed: 13 February 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 203067
OS Grid Reference: TQ0770591820
OS Grid Coordinates: 507705, 191820
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6149, -0.4458
TQ 09 SE RICKMANSWORTH ROAD
38/376 (south side)
Hospital. 1902-4 by F L Wheeler. Flemish bond brown brick with red brick
quoins and dressings; stone ashlar dressings; gabled plain tile roofs; brick
ridge and lateral stacks. Y-shaped plan, with V-shaped wards facing south with
central block linked by corridors to entrance/dining block and domestic block to
rear. Edwardian Free style. Central 3-storey, 5-bay block, with stone ashlar
ground floor and central 4-storey tower, flanked by 2-storey, 14-bay wings.
Central tower, with stone Ionic pilasters set on angle buttresses, has stone
ashlar facing to 3 lower storeys with glazing bar casements set in semi-circular
arched wood-mullioned and transomed window, square-headed stone-mullioned and
transomed window and upper Ipswich window with blind tympanum; brick upper
storey has continuous glazing bar casements divided by Ionic colonettes;
classical stone cornice beneath copper roof surmounted by bell cupola. Tower
flanked by 2-bay elevations with canted bay windows, stone mullioned and tran-
somed windows, and dentilled stone cornice beneath 2-light stone mullioned
windows and shaped gables with stone-coped parapets. This central block is
flanked by semi-circular arched doorways with Ionic colonettes to jambs, set in
ashlar surrounds with pilasters, and lower 2-storey wings with similar off-centre
shaped gabled bays which each have stone mullioned and transomed window above
semicircular arched entry; gauged red brick arches over later 1980's windows and
French windows; continuous balconies with balustrades; modillioned wood
cornices. Each wing terminated by tall winter garden, gabled with cast-iron
casements to front; tall brick piers with moulded stone caps to each corner.
Rear elevations, corridors and attached blocks in neo-Georgian style with
sashes; central corridor linked to two blocks; first block has dining room, with
lunette over curved bay window, to left and entrance block with modillioned
stone cornice to two gables, plain ashlar pilasters to upper floor above ashlar
lower floor which has fine pedimented doorway with Corinthian columns flanked by
oculi set in carved rococo frames; rear block, former nurses home and kitchen
area, has square bay window and pedimented doorway to multi-gabled facade.
Interior green glazed brick dados, and semicircular ribs to corridor ceilings;
staircase hall in central block has stained glass windows, plasterwork and
staircase with turned balusters. History: Built as a hospital for the treatment
of tuberculosis patients, and as a branch hospital of the original Mount Vernon
hospital in Hampstead (built 1879-80). Noted for its advanced plan, including
isolation wards and facilities including X-ray room and dental unit. (THE
BUILDER, 27.2.1914, pp 246-7).
Listing NGR: TQ0769392071
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Source: English Heritage
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