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Description: Hungerford House
Date Listed: 21 May 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 207398
OS Grid Reference: TQ3042980386
OS Grid Coordinates: 530429, 180386
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5074, -0.1220
TQ 3080 SW CITY OF WESTMINSTER VICTORIA EMBANKMET SW1
Former generating station, now library. 1900-01, by the L.C.C. Architects
Department, built as electricity generating station for street lighting.
Portland stone, slate roof (brick rear). Arts and Crafts Free Style Baroque.
1 storey and attic in steep hipped roof, on basement. 3 bay symmetrical
front articulated by pilasters, one bay similar returns and functional
canted rear for service and staircase. Central entrance with double doors,
recessed up flight of steps cut through plinth, in moulded jambs with
dentilled doorhead under fanlight and semicircular spaced voussoir and
keystone arch; the whole boldly framed by pairs of rusticated Doric
pilasters, on high pedestals, carrying break in entablature surmounted by
big semicircular pediment containing high relief sculpture in the manner of
William Silver Frith. The flanking bays have large semicircular arched
small paned casement windows with cyma drip moulds and cartouche keystones
carved with symbolic light rays. Deep plinth, with 2-light mullioned windows;
projecting pedestals as on entrance, to paired quoin pilasters; frieze and heavy
cornice surmounted by parapet balustraded between dies. The tent roof dormers
and the squat Ionic columned polygonal cupola-vent on of ridge of
more overtly Arts and Crafts design.
Listing NGR: TQ3043180390
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Source: English Heritage
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