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Description: Willing House and Attached Wall with Railings
Date Listed: 14 May 1974
English Heritage Building ID: 477615
OS Grid Reference: TQ3049182936
OS Grid Coordinates: 530491, 182936
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5303, -0.1202
TQ3082NW GRAY'S INN ROAD
798-1/90/654 (East side)
14/05/74 Nos.356-364 (Even)
Willing House & attached wall with
Offices. 1909. By Alfred Hart and Leslie Waterhouse. For
Messrs Willing Advertising. Carving by William Aumonier. Red
brick with stone dressings and 1st floor band. Stone 2nd floor
and right hand bay. Steeply pitched slated mansard roofs with
dormers. Windows with small leaded panes.
STYLE: French Baroque.
EXTERIOR: irregular facade of 3 storeys and attics, 5 storeys
right hand bay. Left hand 3 bays forming a slightly projecting
pavilion with round-arched central main entrance. Pilasters
flanking entrance surmounted by large winged lions supporting
a great 7-light bowed window with enriched apron, segmental
headed lights and pilasters supporting a cornice and domed
roof in an arched recess. To either side, transom and mullion
casements with aprons; 1st floor with segmental-arched
enrichment with small keystones. 2nd floor with paired stone
Ionic columns to outer bays, flanking 2-light windows and
supporting a modillion entablature with round-arched
balustrade (piers with swags and features terminating in
balls) over. Central dormer with transom and mullion casement
flanked by scrolled consoles. Roof surmounted by a statue of
Mercury. Central block of 3 windows, casements to ground floor
and 2nd floor (3-light centre flanked by two 2-light), 1st
floor round-arched with keystones and aprons. Entablature.
Central gable with scrolled consoles flanked by 2 stepped
gables. Projecting single right hand bay with arched vehicle
entrance to courtyard, flanked by carved tablets. Canted oriel
window above the entrance with 3 round-arched lights with
keystones and attached columns supporting an entablature and
pediment. Above this, a 3-light casement window and
entablature. Entablature surmounted by a Venetian window type
feature and a round-arched balustrade around the top of the
bay (piers with features terminating in balls). Rising from
the top of the bay, a rectangular lantern with round-arched
openings, pilasters and a projecting cornice, broken back at
the angles. Pointed roof terminating in a ball finial.
INTERIOR: not inspected.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached stone wall and piers with low
Listing NGR: TQ3049182936
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Source: English Heritage
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