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Description: Parkview House
Date Listed: 8 July 1982
English Heritage Building ID: 216725
OS Grid Reference: SP0793285847
OS Grid Coordinates: 407932, 285847
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4705, -1.8846
5104 Highgate B12
SP 08 NE 7/66
1903-4 built as a massive Rowton House hostel on a scale and with a social
purpose as characteristic of the city at this date as is the quality of the
materials and the decorative finish. A vast quadriangular block of bright
red quality brick with 5 storeys basement and attics. One long narrow windowed
elevation articulated by shallow breaks with broad gables and triangular
ribs rising from second floor sill course. The massiveness of the block is
enlivened by good buff terracota dressings and finials, with the feature of
octagonal corner towers slightly stepped at each stage and crowned by copper
sheathed conical roofs. There is decorative terracota work in the gables
and terracota dragons with shields as gargoyles to the top stage of the towers.
The gabled porch is entirely terracota faced with flanking to cupola capped
octagonal turrets. The central finial is surmounted by a finely modelled
figure of a boy bearing what was probably a light fitting on his back whilst
in the spandrels of the door arch are delicately wrought relief panels with
boys of similar type representing industry and rural poverty or farming life.
Tall cast iron railings to area. Commanding hillside site.
Listing NGR: SP0732485648
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Source: English Heritage
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