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Description: 4, Cowley Street Sw1
Date Listed: 9 January 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 209344
OS Grid Reference: TQ3009779258
OS Grid Coordinates: 530097, 179258
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4973, -0.1272
TQ 3079 SW CITY OF WESTMINSTER COWLEY STREET, SW1
9.1.70 No. 4
Terraced town house - offices. 1904-05 by Horace Field for North Eastern
Railway. Dark red brick with rubbed brick dressings and Portland stone,
tiled roof. Lavish late C.17 style, rather out of scale with its
neighbours but with fine Arts and Crafts quality of detailing by this early
Neo-Georgian revivalist, and no doubt given more importance as it closes
the north continuation into Cowley Street of Lord North Street axis. 3
storeys, basement and dormered attic. 7 windows wide, the outermost
windows as narrow half-bays; the front set back between heavy, brick party
wall-piers and the centre 3 window bays advanced with quoins and crowning
pediment. Large central rusticated doorway framed by Ionic columns,
dosserets and segmental pediment with cartouche. Flush framed glazing bar
sashes under flat gauged rubbed brick arches, with keystones to 1st floors,
central window with eared architrave, aprons to sills and stone string
above keystones. Richly modelled deep timber eaves cornice on carved
brackets and similarly enriched steep pediment over centrepiece with large
garlanded cartouche in tympanum; leaded light dormers above eaves flanking
pediment. Good Arts and Crafts leadwork to rainwater head and downpipes.
Wrought iron area railings. Lavishly panelled hall with vaulted ceiling,
neo-Georgian staircase rising to rear, panelled rooms with stucco moulded
ceilings, not just pastiche but with Arts and Crafts invention and
sensitivity to detailing, etc.
Flats, Urban Houses and Cottage Homes; W. Shaw Sparrow ed. (c.1906).
Listing NGR: TQ3009879265
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Source: English Heritage
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