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Description: California House
Date Listed: 8 September 1972
English Heritage Building ID: 209704
OS Grid Reference: TQ3107180985
OS Grid Coordinates: 531071, 180985
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5126, -0.1126
TQ 3180 NW CITY OF WESTMINSTER ESSEX STREET, WC2
74/2 Nos 36 to 39 (consec)
8.9.72 California House
Offices. 1892 by the partnership of Robert Lempriere Hesketh and Walter Stokes;
originally 2 houses of unequal size. Buff terracotta with much enrichment.
Lavish display of Flemish Renaissance motifs. 3 storeys, basement and attic. 14
windows wide in all, closely set. 2 doorways, towards left and centre-right,
with panelled and glazed doors with rectangular fanlights recessed in pilaster
jambs beneath entablature-lintels. Recessed plate glass sashes in enriched
surrounds on 1st floor, and all flanked by pilasters; southernmost bay and 2
others project slightly and are flanked on each floor by engaged enriched
columns carrying pediments of varied design. Elaborate arabesque friezes over
ground and 1st floor, and modillion eaves cornice. Clustered column and quoin
pilasters to Devereux Court corner on each floor. Cast iron ornamental area
Listing NGR: TQ3107180985
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Source: English Heritage
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