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Latitude: 51.4529 / 51°27'10"N
Longitude: -2.5954 / 2°35'43"W
OS Eastings: 358724
OS Northings: 172827
OS Grid: ST587728
Mapcode National: GBR C7L.Z0
Mapcode Global: VH88M.YRS2
Plus Code: 9C3VFC33+5R
Entry Name: Nova House
Listing Date: 4 March 1977
Last Amended: 30 December 1994
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1202616
English Heritage Legacy ID: 380659
Location: Central, Bristol, BS1
Electoral Ward/Division: Central
Built-Up Area: Bristol
Traditional County: Gloucestershire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol
Church of England Parish: Bristol St Stephen with St James and St John the Baptist with St Michael and St George
Church of England Diocese: Bristol
Tagged with: Office building
ST5872NE TELEPHONE AVENUE, Centre
901-1/16/681 (North West side)
04/03/77 Nova House
(Formerly Listed as:
TELEPHONE AVENUE, Centre
Offices. 1903. By Henry Williams. Brick with limestone
dressings, and slate mansard roof. Double-depth plan round a
central light well. Edwardian Baroque style.
2 storeys, attic and basement; 9-window range, with 3-storey
and attic rear block. The long entrance front has a raised,
rusticated basement, the upper floors articulated by banded
pilasters strips to a modillion cornice, parapet with square
section attached balusters between panelled dies, with large
The entrance front has 2:1:1:1:3:1 windows with pilasters
between, and 1 window in the splayed left-hand corner; central
doorway has fluted half-pilasters with faceted blocks, key and
modillion pediment, plate-glass overlight and double 8-panel
doors. Windows have keyed, eared Gibbs surrounds, ground-floor
with a sill band stepped down between them and dentil
pediments, and first-floor cornices; 4 large dormers, 2:1:2:1,
as the lower windows with side consoles to the paired ones,
and later dormers set between behind the parapet.
The left-hand return has 3:3 windows, paired dormers over
each, and the left-hand section has a 3rd storey with panels
to the lintels and an inserted central doorway. Ground-floor
plate-glass windows, and plate-glass sashes above. Basement
windows have incised voussoirs. INTERIOR: wide entrance stair
hall containing a lateral stair flight with 2
quarter-landings, cantilevered stone treads and wrought-iron
railings with leaves, and semicircular-arched windows up the
stairs with stained-glass lit fron the well; doorcases have
surrounds with fluted half pilasters and fluted cornices, to
2-panel doors; the hall has a wide bow-ended half-glazed
screen with curved panes; first-floor left-hand room half
panelled with a strapwork ceiling and very good Jacobean style
1700 stone fire surround, with paired Ionic columns, paired
Corinthian columns to the overmantel, strapwork and cornices
with a central panel painted 1 E 7/ 0 AM 0; a similarly-styled
1550 stone fire surround in the ground-floor hall has an
overmantel with 3 Ionic herms, painted shields and strapwork.
HISTORICAL NOTE: The fire surrounds came from No.7 Small
Street which belonged to the Elton family. Formerly the
offices of the National Telephone Co.
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 80, 389; The Buildings of England:
Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 414).
Listing NGR: ST5872472827
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