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Description: Former Paymaster Generals Office
Former Paymaster Generals Office (The Parliamentary Counsel)
Date Listed: 5 February 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 207610
OS Grid Reference: TQ3007980156
OS Grid Coordinates: 530079, 180156
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5054, -0.1271
TQ 3080 SW CITY OF WESTMINSTER WHITEHALL SW1
83/69 (west side)
5.2.70 General's Office
Government offices. Original Paymaster General's Office building on Whitehall of
1732-33, by John Lane; north bay added 1806; rear elevation to Horse Guards Parade
is the west facade of the former No 37 Great George Street, re-erected in 1910;
major restoration-rebuilding 1965. Main building of brown brick with Portland
stone dressings, slate roof. Restrained astylar Palladian front with feature of
Gibbs surrounds. 3 storeys, 5 windows wide with 3 bay centre slightly advanced
and pedimented. Central doorway in Gibbs surround with deep keystone and voussoir
flat arch; ground floor windows also in Gibbs surrounds. Recessed glazing bar
sashes under flat gauged arched to upper floors. Stone plinth; pseudo parapet to
1st floor with 'plinth' plat band run across ground floor window - heads;
bracketed cornice and blocking course; the pediment over centre break containing
lunette attic window. 1806 north bay of 4 storeys with recessed tripartite
sashes; 1st floor plat band; cornice carried over from main block and parapet with
coping. The re-erected facade of the demolished No 37 Great George Street
(c1760-70) replaced a plain brick Horse Guards Parade front. Portland stone
ashlar. 3 storeys and basement. 5 windows wide, the end bays advanced and pedi-
mented. Recessed glazing bar sashes, those in end pavilions as Venetian windows
on each floor. 1st floor balcony to main block. Entablature over 1st floor.
Crowning cornice and blocking course between pedimented pavilions. Interior
retains drawing, now conference, room to rear on ground floor with good Palladian
details and chimney piece with pedimented overmantel flanked by bearded profile
Survey of London; vol XVI.
Listing NGR: TQ3007980156
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Source: English Heritage
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