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Institute of Directors

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

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Latitude: 51.5072 / 51°30'25"N

Longitude: -0.1317 / 0°7'54"W

OS Eastings: 529759

OS Northings: 180353

OS Grid: TQ297803

Mapcode National: GBR GF.LW

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.NCRX

Plus Code: 9C3XGV49+V8

Entry Name: Institute of Directors

Listing Date: 5 February 1970

Last Amended: 1 December 1987

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1225843

English Heritage Legacy ID: 422827

Location: St. James's, Westminster, London, SW1Y

County: 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 James Piccadilly

Church of England Diocese: London

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82/44 (south side)
5.2.70 Nos 116 to 119 (consec)
(Institute of Directors)
(formerly listed as United
Services Club)
G.V. I
Former Gentlemen's Club. 1826-28 by John Nash with remodelling by Burton
in 1858-59 and extended to east by Thompson and Walford 1912-13. Stucco
with rusticated ground floor, slate roof. Graeco-Roman, Nash's design with
a more Augustan bias than Burton's Athenaeum which it balances, part of the
southern termination of Nash's Via Triumphalis following the demolition of
Carlton House. 2 principal storeys on basement and dormered mansard, 13
windows wide to Pall Mall, the 7 window tripartite composition with
3-window wide 2 storey central entrance portico being Nash's original; 7
window wide fronts to Waterloo Place and Carlton House Terrace. The
projecting 2 storey pedimented portico has paired fluted Roman Doric
columns to porch and Corinthian (originally unfluted) columns to upper
portico surmounted by pediment with sculpture added by Burton. Ground
floor recessed plate glass sashes have eared architraves with Piron head
masks centred above, framed in segmental arched recesses with scrolled
keystones - all detailing added by Burton; 1st floor windows, with
architraves edged by panelled strips and consoles carrying pediments,
rising from pedestal course of Nash's ground floor entablature with blind
balustrades below sills. The frieze, below the main cornice and crowning
balustraded parapet, enriched with Italianate scrolls and cartouches by
Burton. Waterloo Place front similar but Nash's portico removed by Burton
who however left the Roman Doric south portico to Carlton House Terrace
front in situ. Burton added the stone area balustrade with cast iron
cornice surmounted by cast iron Grecian gas lampstandards with "tazza"
burners. Sumptuous interiors composed about grand stone staircase rising
in one flight and returning in two to the 1st floor gallery-landing with
coved ceiling and side-light lantern (rebuilt after war damage). Behind
the garden front lie the two splendid tripartite apartments of the
smoking-room on the ground floor and the library on the 1st floor with
scagliola dividing columns; etc.
Survey of London; Vol. XXIX.

Listing NGR: TQ2975980353

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