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17-21, Portland Place W1

A Grade II* Listed Building in City of Westminster, Westminster

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Latitude: 51.5193 / 51°31'9"N

Longitude: -0.145 / 0°8'42"W

OS Eastings: 528799

OS Northings: 181677

OS Grid: TQ287816

Mapcode National: GBR C9.LJ

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.F2PM

Plus Code: 9C3XGV93+PX

Entry Name: 17-21, Portland Place W1

Listing Date: 10 September 1954

Last Amended: 5 February 1970

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1227027

English Heritage Legacy ID: 424602

Location: West End, Westminster, London, W1B

County: Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: West End

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: All Souls Langham Place

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

45/78 (west side)
5.2.70 (No 19 only)
Nos. 17 to 21 (odd)
G.V. II*
Large terraced 1st rate town houses. 1776-c.1780, by James Adam as a
speculative development with his brothers and John Elwes on a Portland
Estate lease. Stock brick with channelled or rusticated stucco ground
floors; slate roofs. Astylar fronts to Nos, 17 and 19 with No. 21 as the
centre house of the originally symmetrical block distinguished by a giant
pilaster order and pediment. 4 storeys (including added attic storey),
dormered mansards as well to Nos. 17 and 19; on basements. 3-window wide
fronts. Semicircular arched doorways to left, No. 17 with entrance under
later Corinthian columned stucco porch to Duchess Street return, No. 21
with added Greek Doric columned stucco porch; panelled doors, side lights
and fanlights in Venetian window composition. Recessed sashes under flat
gauged arches to upper floors; the ground floor windows of No. 21 set in
shallow arched panels. Plat band finishing ground floor stuccowork;
moulded stucco band over 1st floor; main stucco entablature over 2nd
floor; attic cornice with balustraded parapet to Nos. 17 and 19. No. 21
has Ionic pilasters through 1st and 3nd floors with attic divided by
pilaster strips and crowning pediment with dentil cornice. Continuous
early C.19 cast iron balconies to 1st floor carried out over porch of
No. 21. Cast iron area railings with plumbed spike finials. Nos. 17 and
21 retain good original Adam features with delicate plasterwork and stone
geometrical staircases with wrought iron balustrade, statuary marble
chimnevnieces and overmantel medallions; etc.

Listing NGR: TQ2879681665

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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