Prospect House, Prospect Park, Reading
Description: Prospect House, Prospect Park
Date Listed: 22 March 1957
English Heritage Building ID: 38758
OS Grid Reference: SU6879572730
OS Grid Coordinates: 468795, 172730
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4494, -1.0114
Location: Reading RG30 4EG
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SU 67 SE 16/21 22.3.57.
To south: Large formal composition with greatly projecting centre which has
flanking side wings terminating in semi-domed segmental bays. 2 storeys.
Stucco. Stucco string at 1st floor level. Moulded stone cornice and blocking
course. Hipped slate roof. Centre block has a hexastyle Ionic portico across
it of Portland stone on raised stone base; balustrade mentioned in previous
list removed. Glazing bar sash windows, 5 on 1st floor and 4 on ground floor
with balustraded panels below in recessed openings under portico. Central
door with radiating wreathed fanlight and strip pilaster frame, acanthus leaf
capitals and cornice. Returns of centre break have full height canted bays
plus 3 ranges of windows. West bay window has verandah balcony on 1st floor.
Side wings have short 2 storey link of 1 window (3 light in recessed segmental
arch on ground floor) and end pavilion with large segmental bay of 3 windows.
All ground floor windows have recessed panels under cills. West end of rear
block has end piars with blind oculi on 1st floor and niches on ground floor.
To north: Servants quarters. 3 storeys (note change of floor levels). Symmetrical
wings each of 4 windows. Colourwashed brick. Central recess with a large
arched stair window and single storey outer hall between wings with later Porte
Cochere (fluted Greek Doric portico) and plain arched doorway. Contemporary
decoration to hall. Good contemporary iron balustrade to stair; colonnaded
landing 1st floor. Interior plan with apsed ends to hall and drawing room
meeting at right angles results in unusual features. Good decoration.
Listing NGR: SU6879572730
Source: English Heritage
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