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Dover House Scottish Office, Westminster

Description: Dover House Scottish Office

Grade: I
Date Listed: 5 February 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 207597

OS Grid Reference: TQ3009380028
OS Grid Coordinates: 530093, 180028
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5042, -0.1270

Location: A3212, Westminster, London SW1A 2 SW1A 2AX

Locality: Westminster
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: SW1A 2AX

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Listing Text

83/84 (West side)
5.2.70 Dover House (Scottish
Former mansion, now government offices. 1755-58, by James Paine for Sir Matthew
Featherstonhaugh, enlarged for the Duke of York in 1787 by Henry Holland who
provided a new porticoed forebuilding with entrance hall on the site of Paine's
forecourt, rebuilt the west front and redecorated some of interiors. Portland
stone, slate roof. Restrained, elegant Palladian design by Paine with very
sophisticated Parisian neo-Classical screen by Holland. 3 storeys and dormered
hipped roof. 5 windows wide. The Whitehall front has low single storey wings
with pediments facing north and south, concealed by Holland's screen. This
consists of a central tetrastyle Greek Ionic columned, pedimented portico
projecting over pavement, the flanking recessed sections of fine ashlar rusticated
screen wall with entablature broken forward over 4 free-standing columns of the
same order, surmounted by neo-classical vases; the entablature and balustraded
parapet are carried across over the similarly rusticated blind end walls of the
wings. Horse Guards Parade front, with rusticated ground floor, has a 3 storey
one window south extension to its 5 bay front; recessed glazing bar sashes, those
on 1st floor pedimented and the central window of Venetian pattern set in semi-
circular arched recess. Continuous iron balcony to 1st floor. Modillion crowning
cornice and balustraded parapet. Holland's Whitehall portico leads, via vestibule,
into circular saucer-domed hall encircled by Tuscan pink marble columns on
drum pedestals and lit by lantern; staircase with bowed and segmental steps,
rises from the centre into Paine's house; behind west front,on 1st floor, the
north room retains compartmented Paine ceiling, the south room a c.1840
Italianate ceiling; on ground floor central room has delicate, painted Etruscan-
Raphaelesque decoration a la BĂ©langer, and the flanking rooms,with screens, all
part of Holland's refurbishment; good chimneypieces, etc.
Survey of London; vol XIV
The Life and Work of James Paine; Peter Leach
Henry Holland; Dorothy Stroud

Listing NGR: TQ3009380028

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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