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7-9, Waterloo Place Sw1 (See Details for Further Address Information), Westminster

Description: 7-9, Waterloo Place Sw1 (See Details for Further Address Information)

Grade: II
Date Listed: 30 May 1972
English Heritage Building ID: 207504

OS Grid Reference: TQ2968780416
OS Grid Coordinates: 529687, 180416
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5078, -0.1327

Location: 17 A4, Westminster, London SW1Y 4 W1X 7PN

Locality: Westminster
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: W1X 7PN

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Listing Text

30.5.72 Nos 7 to 9 (consec.)
(including No 6 Pall
Mall and Nos 25 to 28
consec Charles II
Large symmetrical block of offices and banks. 1901-mid 20s,probably by Arthur
E. Thompson. Portland stone, slate roofs. Palatial scaled pavilion composition
in an Edwardian Baroque interpretation of a Palladian style, following in plan
Nash's scheme for the north eastern half of Waterloo Place on his Via
Triumphalis, which this block replaces. 3 main storeys, attic storeys and
mansard, with basements. Nos 7 to 9 form a terminal pavilion (balancing Nos 11
and 12 opposite) at the approach to Regent Street and rise above the level of
the rest of the composition, their detail not continuous with it but similar.
The main west elevation is 9 bays wide arranged 2:5:2 with the central 5 bays
advanced. Channelled rustication to ground floor podium with the outermost bays
of the advanced centre containing elaborate porches each with an advanced
architrave flanked by Doric piers with draped ram's heads supporting a stepped
entablature. Above is an oeil-de-boeuf decorated with an arched cornice, a
garland, reversed volutes and clusters of fruit. Recessed, semicircular arched-
windows with dropped keystones in ground floor podium above which the advanced
bays have a giant Corinthian order framing the 1st floor Ionic aediculed
windows (blind balustraded aprons and pulvinated friezes) and the 2nd floor
windows beneath the main entablature; the attic storey above is articulated by
piers with lion-heads, pendants and swags and is crowned by a pediment, the
tympanum with a cartouche framed in palm branches. The wings are similar but
with giant order implied. The Waterloo Place elevation of No 6 Pall Mall is set
back with the widening of Waterloo Place proper, 13 bays wide, arranged 4:5:4,
with the centre advanced. Central porch with Ionic columns, dosserets and open
pediment with elaborate trophy. Similar fenestration to Nos 7-9 with giant
engaged Corinthian order to 1st and 2nd floors and, in addition, on the
advanced centre bays, a giant Composite order articulating a 2-storey attic.
Balustraded parapets. Chimney stacks with sunken panels and cornice capping.
Stone balustraded areas. The Pall Mall front, 7 bays wide, has the same
features with 2-storey Composite attic order over the advanced centre 3 bays;
Ionic columned pedimented and be-trophied porch; secondary entrance to right, the
architrave framed by Doric quarter pilasters with dentil cornice and lunette over
repeating the form of the ground floor windows. Charles II Street elevations
are designed in a lower key, the orders expressed as pilasters and then only in
the symmetrical entrance bays; Nos 28 and 29 qv balance each other framing
entrance to Waterloo Place.

Listing NGR: TQ2968780416

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Source: English Heritage

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