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Ethnography Department of the British Museum, Westminster

Description: Ethnography Department of the British Museum

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 9 January 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 208940

OS Grid Reference: TQ2916380619
OS Grid Coordinates: 529163, 180619
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5097, -0.1402

Location: 3 Burlington Gardens, Westminster, London W1S 3 SW1E 6LB

Locality: Westminster
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: SW1E 6LB

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Listing Text

No 6 Ethnography Department
of the British Museum
9.1.70 (formerly listed as Civil
GV Service Commission)


Built as the headquarters of the University of London, now museum.
1866-69 by Sir James Pennethorne. Portland stone and pink sandstone;
slate roof. Boldly modelled free Renaissance classicism, richly carved
and endowed with free standing statues sculpted by J. Durham, P.
MacDowell, W. Theed, E. W. Wyon, J. S. Westmacott, W. F. Woodington and
M. Noble. 2 tall storeys and basement. Main centre block of 7 bays
with flanking square pavilion-towers, 3 bay wings and flanking archways.
The centrepiece has a projecting colonnaded portico approached by
balustrated steps at sides. Arcaded upper storey with giant order
of Corinthian columns between the pavilion-towers which have square
attics bearing clock face and weathervane dial. The wings have statues
in niches to ground storey and 3 light windows above articulated by
Corinthian columns. Enriched cornices and balustraded parapets. The
portico surmounted by seated scientific worthies and standing figures
of same on the balustraded roof parapet. Carriage archways to east
and west, the former partly blind. Returns of red and black brick
and sandstone. Although altered the interior retains grand clerestory-
lit central stairwell, hall and landing each being screened from well
by 3 large arches. The stairs rise one flight and then divide.
Ornate plasterwork to 1st floor ceilings etc.

Survey of London; vol XXXII

Listing NGR: TQ2916380619

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Source: English Heritage

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