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Description: Ruskin House, Millbank Estate
Date Listed: 5 February 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 210158
OS Grid Reference: TQ2998478677
OS Grid Coordinates: 529984, 178677
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4921, -0.1291
TQ 2978 NE CITY OF WESTMINSTER HERRICK STREET, SWl
5.2.70 Ruskin House, Millbank
LCC housing estate block of flats, 1897-1902, part of one of the first and
most significant of the LCC estates by the Architects' Department housing
section under Owen Fleming and / more particularly in this case,
R. Minton Taylor who was probably responsible for the estate layout
radiating from a rectangular public garden. Red brick with slight stone
dressings, tiled roofs. Humane, Arts and Crafts socialist housing design
inspired by Webb, Lethaby and Smith and Brewer with "Queen Anne" and
Northern European features, all executed to high standards. A long block
with splayed north end following street line, and flanking St. Oswulf
Street axis. 4 storeys and attic. Slightly asymmetrical, 22 windows wide,
with 5 storey central and terminal pavilion gabled breaks and similar 16
window splayed north end. Cornice-hooded recessed porches to courtyard
elevation. Segmental arched glazing bar sashes in exposed box frames,
tripartite and quadripartite on ground floor, grouped to express interior
distribution. Dormers above flat eaves between gabled breaks.
Stringcourse over ground floor. The block balances its twin, Turner House,
on the other side of St. Oswulf Street. (c.f. Boundary Street Estate,
A Revolution in London Housing; Susan Beattie.
Listing NGR: TQ2998478677
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Source: English Heritage
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