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India House

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5126 / 51°30'45"N

Longitude: -0.1182 / 0°7'5"W

OS Eastings: 530676

OS Northings: 180970

OS Grid: TQ306809

Mapcode National: GBR KC.LZ

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.W7VT

Entry Name: India House

Listing Date: 16 January 1981

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1066491

English Heritage Legacy ID: 208532

Location: Westminster, London, WC2B

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 Mary le Strand with St Clement Danes

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

TQ 3080 NE CITY OF WESTMINSTER ALDWYCH, WC2
73/8 (South side)

16.1.81 India House

G.V. II

High Commission. 1928-30 by Sir Herbert Baker and A.T. Scott. Portland
ashlar above grey granite 2 storey podium (on steel frame); red pantile
roof. Monumental, shallowly modelled elevations with relatively small
scale sculptural and decorative details of Indian derivation. 7 storeys
and dormered mansard. 9 windows wide, the front following convex curve of
Aldwych. Central entrance of black marble with heavy bracketed cornice
supporting 2 free standing "Ashokan" columns with stylised elephant bases
and lioness finials, flanking semicircular arched window with Ashokan lion
keystone; wooden door with Indian jaali work and jaali's flanking. Ground
floor windows arcaded. Windows with moulded segmental arched heads on 1st,
3rd and 5th floors, those on 2nd floor with segmental arched heads and
sills, flat arched 4th floor windows. The 3rd floor has 2 symmetrically
placed aediculed windows. Band courses above ground 1st and 2nd floors,
pierced work balcony in front of 6th floor above coved cornice. Iron
balcony to 5th floor. Indian motifs over front including animal head
brackets, tondi and frieze above 2nd floor. Royal Arms flank central 5th
floor window. Return to Montreal Place of 7 bays with 3 bay balcony and
aediculed window above. Principal interior spaces dressed in red "Agra"
sandstone; the entrance hall domed, the 1st floor oculus-gallery with
pierced work balustrade carried on vaults with murals executed by Indian
artists, who likewise frescoed the dome which has a frosted glass lantern
stage; bronze chandelier. Indian murals in main reception rooms as well.
Baker, who had made a point at New Delhi of using Indian artists for the
Secretariats murals, arranged for them to be sent to London and Rome for
special fresco training for the India House decorations.


Listing NGR: TQ3067680970

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