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41, Chelsea Square Sw3, Kensington and Chelsea

Description: 41, Chelsea Square Sw3

Grade: II
Date Listed: 6 July 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 203639

OS Grid Reference: TQ2689978154
OS Grid Coordinates: 526899, 178154
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4881, -0.1737

Location: Chelsea Square, Kensington, Greater London SW3 6LH

Locality: Kensington and Chelsea
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: SW3 6LH

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Listing Text


249/55/34 No. 41

GV 6/7/81 II

Private house. 1934, by Oliver Hill Freda, Lady Forbes. White-painted stucco house, neo-Georgian in style, square in plan with cruciform upper storey. Two storeys and semi-basement. Low-pitched tiled roofs with pedimented gables and 2 tall chimney stacks. Flight of steps, with decorative fretwork railing and lamp standard up to central entrance with bracketed cornice-hood. Sash windows with glazing bars: segmental-headed to semi-basement, square-headed to upper storey. Symmetry of main facade broken by variety of window-shapes and types to ground floor: segmental-headed with shutters, square-headed and round. Main facade to south (garden) side, with oval oculus in gable, echoing the pediment of No 40, with which this house forms a picturesque ensemble. Main facade to south side.

Interior retains original staircase hall with deep coved ceiling. Open-well staircase rises up five steps, then turns through ninety degrees and rises to projecting, curved landing. Each step treated as a separate horizontal motif to side, with wide-spaced twisted balusters. Stair to basement retains the original fretwork balustrading but is reversed. Entrance hall leads to dining room, designed to house Lady Forbes's Aubusson tapestries and with jib door and early-C18-style fireplace. The entrance hall and living room remodelled with paired dentiled cornices by Sir Nigel Boakes, who added a charming double-height garden room in neo-Gothick style, designed by Chapman Taylor c.1980. On the first floor the principal bedroom retains its original high cove which incorporates the gable oculus.

Source: Country Life, 16 February 1935, pp.168-172.

Listing NGR: TQ2689978154

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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