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Description: Main Block to Edgbaston College for Girls
Date Listed: 8 July 1982
English Heritage Building ID: 216840
OS Grid Reference: SP0545685554
OS Grid Coordinates: 405456, 285554
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4679, -1.9211
1. CALTHORPE ROAD
(Main block to
Edgbaston College for
SP 0585 NW 39/27
The college incorporates a large formerly detached Grecio-Egyptian villa
of c.1835, much extended to east in 1883-86 on the foundation of the college,
in a surprisingly sympathetic stucco idiom. The original villa has a 2-storey
3 bay stucco elevation with grooved ground floor with entablature over coupled
formation panelled plaster strips articulating the bays containing 2 round
headed full length windows in arched recesses. Coupled panelled pilasters
to first floor, the windows in Greco-Egyptian eaved architraves, tripartite
to right hand. The "primitive" style porch has been renovated. Doorway
in Greco-Egyptian eaved architraves case. Slightly recessed extension to
right of 2 bays with similar first floor articulation and coupled round headed
piers of windows to ground floor. Left hand recessed (probably former service)
wing with narrow windows and console bracketed doorway. Breaking forward
from link with school addition is the 2-storey art block of c.1886 with pediment
and blind facade. The main school additions to left hand of original house
have ground quoins and coupled pilasters to first floor with entablatures
to both floors. Corniced stucco chimneys. Plain entablature to original
house, hipped slate roofs. Garden front of original villa of 5 bays with
pilasters to ground floor and splayed architrave windows above first floor
string course as on front. Left hand end has addition of 2-storey canted
bay and there are 2 canted bay windows on ground floor. Rear additions for
school much more in 1880s idiom of red brick, in particular the gymnasium
and hall on 2 storeys of 1886 of dark red brick with rubber brick dressings,
tall camber headed windows in architraves, soffit eaves with hipped slate
roof. The school additions are by the Chatwin architectural practice.
The interior of original villa much remodelled. Vestibule altered c.1850
with 3 bay arcade supporting vestibule from pilastered hall, foliage cornice.
Listing NGR: SP0545685554
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