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Monkton House, West Dean

Description: Monkton House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 20 September 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 301453

OS Grid Reference: SU8303817394
OS Grid Coordinates: 483038, 117394
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9500, -0.8193

Location: West Dean, West Sussex PO18 9ND

Locality: West Dean
Local Authority: Chichester District Council
County: West Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: PO18 9ND

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Listing Text

SU 81 NW
2/246 Monkton House
- II

Substantial detached house. 1902. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. External
and internal alterations made in the 1930s for Edward James by Kit Nicholson
and Hugh Casson with the help of Salvador Dali. Brick partly stuccoed; poly-
chrome glazed tiles to hipped roof. Two storeys. South-west front of 5 main
bays, the centre 3 recessed, of brick with some weatherboarding and with
sleeping galleries to first floor, supported upon Lutyens' stacked tile Ionic
columns, Loggia balustrades with carved plumes. Outer bays stuccoed square
headed windows flushed frame, central windows architraved; upstairs windows
to outer bays with aprons treated as hanging drapery; plate glass. 4 pairs
of spindly palm tree columns rising through ground and first floors flanking
projecting bays and carrying drain pipes. These are said to come from the
Pantheon in Oxford Street which was demolished at that time. Pointed stuc-
coed chimneys, one with clock face, one with inset mirror. Other facades
also of architectural interest. The rear elevation has strip pilasters in
the Adam style which may come from the Adelphi which was demolished at that
time. Interior retains entire Nicholson/Casson/Dali decorative scheme,
including curved staircase, wall fabrics and capitonné wall coverings, domed
alabaster bathroom, furniture, etc. A rare survival. Country Life 12.9.1985.

Listing NGR: SU8303817394

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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