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Chester House

A Grade II Listed Building in Hyde Park, London

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Latitude: 51.513 / 51°30'46"N

Longitude: -0.1687 / 0°10'7"W

OS Eastings: 527172

OS Northings: 180925

OS Grid: TQ271809

Mapcode National: GBR 6C.9T

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.174J

Entry Name: Chester House

Listing Date: 10 April 1975

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1219442

English Heritage Legacy ID: 209197

Location: Westminster, London, W2

County: London

District: City of Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: Hyde Park

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St John Evan Hyde Park Crescent

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

Chester House

Villa-town house. 1925-26 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott for himself. Grey
brick with sparing stone dressings, ferro-concrete floors; pantile roof.
Restrained carefully proportioned stripped Renaissance design. Set
back behind shallow "area" garden. Low 2 storeys, effectively read as
1½ storeys to centre but reverse proportion to wings. 7 bays wide
including broad wings with hipped roofs, slightly advanced from ground
floor but with the 1st floor between them set well back to form
terrace. Central ashlar dressed doorway with shallow pediment.
Slightly recessed box-framed glazing bar sashes under flat gauged
arches, tripartite to ground floor of wings and, on their 1st floor,
fully developed as 3 separate sashes grouped as 2 narrow ones flanking
main central one and giving on to "pergola" balconies. The returns of
wings to terrace have 2 light windows and there are 2 tripartite windows
to the recessed centre. Stone plinth, ground floor sill band, and
fluted brick and stone coped terrace parapet. Moulded stone crowning
cornice with eaves resting on blocking. Elegantly proportioned chimney
stacks with shallow stone cappings. Interior, with very restrained use of
simplified classical details and mouldings, has a functionally planned
ground floor incorporating garage in north east corner, kitchen, former
servants' sitting room and former play room and nursery, the only
reception rooms being the off-centre T-plan hall to right of entrance
lobby and the dining room by the kitchen to left; the staircase rises
on the cross axis of the hall to serve the piano nobile reception rooms
and principal bedrooms giving on to the terrace - some redecoration
but otherwise unaltered.

Representative British Architects: C. H. Reilly
Twentieth Century Houses: Raymond McGrath
Architectural Review

Listing NGR: TQ2717280925

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