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Description: 4, Grosvenor Square W1
Date Listed: 14 January 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 209971
OS Grid Reference: TQ2849180833
OS Grid Coordinates: 528491, 180833
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5118, -0.1498
TQ 2880 NW and 2880 NE CITY OF WESTMINSTER GROSVENOR SQUARE,
68/23 ;69/150 Wl
14.1.70 No. 4
Terraced town house. 1865-68 by the builder C.J. Freake with facade
by Thomas Cundy III, interior largely remodelled 1931-34 by
Lord Gerald Wellesley of Wellesley and Wills for the Italian Embassy.
White Suffolk brick and Portland stone, slate roof. Italianate Cundy
style. 4 storeys, basement and dormered mansard. 5 windows wide.
Banded stone ground floor with central porch of coupled Tuscan
columns. Plate glass recessed sashes. Upper floors, with rusticated
quoining, have 1st floor windows with alternating pediments on engaged
Corinthian columns, the central one elaborated with tripled columns
and cresting over segmental pediment, all with balustraded balconies,
the central 3 linked and carried over porch; 2nd floor windows with
eared architraves and cornices and simplified version to 3rd floor.
Sill course to 3rd floor with carved enrichment below sills. Rich
entablature with modillion cornice and balustraded parapet broken by
central panel surmounted by cartouche. Stone balustraded area
parapet. Interior retains drawing room ceiling and possibly marble
grand staircase, top lit, of the 1860s but the Rococo balustrade of
the 1960s, and some marble chimney pieces - otherwise restrained
Italianate neo-classical by Gerald Wellesley. One of only 4 houses in
the square to survive mid C.20 rebuilding.
Survey of London; Vol. XL.
Listing NGR: TQ2849180833
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