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Dover House scottish Office

A Grade I Listed Building in St James's, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5042 / 51°30'15"N

Longitude: -0.127 / 0°7'37"W

OS Eastings: 530093

OS Northings: 180028

OS Grid: TQ300800

Mapcode National: GBR HG.NY

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.RG76

Entry Name: Dover House scottish Office

Listing Date: 5 February 1970

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1066101

English Heritage Legacy ID: 207597

Location: Westminster, London, SW1A

County: London

District: City of Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: St James's

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Martin-in-the-Fields

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

TQ 3080 SW CITY OF WESTMINSTER WHITEHALL SW1
83/84 (West side)
5.2.70 Dover House (Scottish
Office)
GV I
Former mansion, now government offices. 1755-58, by James Paine for Sir Matthew
Featherstonhaugh, enlarged for the Duke of York in 1787 by Henry Holland who
provided a new porticoed forebuilding with entrance hall on the site of Paine's
forecourt, rebuilt the west front and redecorated some of interiors. Portland
stone, slate roof. Restrained, elegant Palladian design by Paine with very
sophisticated Parisian neo-Classical screen by Holland. 3 storeys and dormered
hipped roof. 5 windows wide. The Whitehall front has low single storey wings
with pediments facing north and south, concealed by Holland's screen. This
consists of a central tetrastyle Greek Ionic columned, pedimented portico
projecting over pavement, the flanking recessed sections of fine ashlar rusticated
screen wall with entablature broken forward over 4 free-standing columns of the
same order, surmounted by neo-classical vases; the entablature and balustraded
parapet are carried across over the similarly rusticated blind end walls of the
wings. Horse Guards Parade front, with rusticated ground floor, has a 3 storey
one window south extension to its 5 bay front; recessed glazing bar sashes, those
on 1st floor pedimented and the central window of Venetian pattern set in semi-
circular arched recess. Continuous iron balcony to 1st floor. Modillion crowning
cornice and balustraded parapet. Holland's Whitehall portico leads, via vestibule,
into circular saucer-domed hall encircled by Tuscan pink marble columns on
drum pedestals and lit by lantern; staircase with bowed and segmental steps,
rises from the centre into Paine's house; behind west front,on 1st floor, the
north room retains compartmented Paine ceiling, the south room a c.1840
Italianate ceiling; on ground floor central room has delicate, painted Etruscan-
Raphaelesque decoration a la BĂ©langer, and the flanking rooms,with screens, all
part of Holland's refurbishment; good chimneypieces, etc.
Survey of London; vol XIV
The Life and Work of James Paine; Peter Leach
Henry Holland; Dorothy Stroud


Listing NGR: TQ3009380028

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