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Date Listed: 10 September 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 209049
OS Grid Reference: TQ2878581433
OS Grid Coordinates: 528785, 181433
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5171, -0.1453
TQ 2881 SE CITY OF WESTMINSTER CAVENDISH SQUARE W1
56/57 (north side)
10.9.54 Nos 11 and 14 including
An unusually grand Palladian treatment for a pair of town houses flanking the north
axis of the square. C.1770. Each front symmetrical, in the style of John Vardy.
Ashlar Portland, slate roofs, 3 storeys, basement and mansard, 5 windows glazing bar
sashes. Giant Corinthian order to upper floors, quoin pilaster and centre 3 bays
advanced with engaged columns supporting pediment with sculpted palm leaves framing
oculus. Vermiculated blocking to Doric columns of central doorway and similar
vermiculated Gothic surrounds to flanking windows. Similar doorway to brick return.
Wrought iron area railings with scroll lamp standards and extinguishers. Ashlar bridge
link set back has Madonna and Child by Jacob Epstein over arch. Good interiors with
rich plasterwork, scrolled wrought iron work to staircase balustrades, marble
fireplaces etc. The houses were speculatively built by a Mr Tufnell possibly with
masonry prepared for the abortive Academy of the Society of Dilettanti intended for the
Georgian London: J Summerson. "The Society's House: An Architectural Study"
J Summerson in Royal Society of Arts Journal October 1954.
Listing NGR: TQ2879681436
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