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55-73, Duke Street W1, Westminster

Description: 55-73, Duke Street W1

Grade: II
Date Listed: 1 December 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 209544

OS Grid Reference: TQ2840481048
OS Grid Coordinates: 528404, 181048
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5138, -0.1509

Location: Duke Street, Westminster, London W1K 6 W1M 6BY

Locality: Westminster
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: W1M 6BY

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Listing Text

Nos. 55 to 73 (odd)
Terrace of shops and chambers. 1890-92 by W.D. Caroe for the Grosvenor
Estate. Narrow, fine red bricks with Ketton stone dressings and ground
floor facing; slate roofs. Lively and eclectic Franco-Flemish
Renaissance/Queen Anne style. 3 main storeys and 2 storeys of dormers in
steep mansard with 2 storey Flemish gable over principal double frontage.
Slightly asymmetrical composition with off centre gabled double frontage 6
windows wide flanked by 2 and 3-window wide fronts but with varied window
groupings. Stone faced ground floor has basket handle arched doorways and
display windows articulated by French Loire-style order with strapwork,
cartouche and baluster enrichments, rising to cornice. Upper floors have
architraved and cavetto mullioned, single and coupled windows with cornices,
in serried rank to 2nd floor of double frontage; the 1st floor of
Nos. 61-63 has a tent roofed mullioned and transomed canted bay on corbel
brackets to right and there are tripartite, rectangular, tent roofed,
corbelled bay windows to 1st floor of Nos. 71 and 73; that of No. 73 is run
into a stone faced narrow square turret rising through 2nd floor and
mansard and terminating in a concave spire; at the north end No. 57 has a
similar turret finished off with onion dome and spirelet. Pseudo-parapets
to 1st and 2nd floors and crowning entablature with superimposed Loire
orders flanking fronts. Animated roofscape with canted stone dormers to
lower tier and hipped roof dormers with spirelets to upper tier; much
elaborated voluted and ball-finialed Flemish gable over-double frontage;
moulded saddlestones to fore walls, rising from large console buttresses;
tall brick chimney stack with enriched stone caps. See also Caroe's
slightly later block Nos. 75 to 83 odd Duke Street.
Survey of London; Vol. XL.

Listing NGR: TQ2841381026

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Source: English Heritage

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