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3, Robert Street WC2

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

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Latitude: 51.5087 / 51°30'31"N

Longitude: -0.1227 / 0°7'21"W

OS Eastings: 530379

OS Northings: 180539

OS Grid: TQ303805

Mapcode National: GBR JF.MB

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.TBHR

Plus Code: 9C3XGV5G+FW

Entry Name: 3, Robert Street WC2

Listing Date: 24 February 1958

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1235245

English Heritage Legacy ID: 425878

ID on this website: 101235245

Location: London, Westminster, London, WC2N

County: London

District: City of Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: St James's

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Paul Covent Garden

Church of England Diocese: London

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24.2.58 No. 3
G.V. II*
End of terrace town house. 1768-74 by Robert Adam assisted by his brother
James and with the youngest brother William, part of their innovatory
Adelphi development. Stock brick with stucco dressings and C.19 stucco
facing to ground floor, slate roof. The terminal house with a formal front
to the river designed as a projecting wing balancing the demolished No. 1
Adam Street, framing the likewise demolished Adelphi Terrace and now the
sole survivor of this monumental riverside composition. Astylar 3 storey
and attic storey elevation to Robert Street with 3 storeys of basements
accommodated in the brick vaulting of the terrace. 7 windows wide with the
3-window bays towards river treated as part of the river front "pavilion"
which has a 3-window wide pedimented south front. Off centre Venetian
arched doorway with fanlight over panelled door with side lights. Recessed
glazing bar sashes with simplified Venetian window to right on ground floor
and sashes to left, flat gauged arches to sashes on upper floors. Moulded
patent stone string course over 2nd floor continued from Nos. 1 and 2 and
parapet with coping. The three river end bays on upper floors are part of
the pavilion design of the river front. This has giant pilasters, coupled
to corners, through 1st and 2nd floors, decorated with the distinctive
anthemion enrichment and carrying entablature above which the attic
continues the articulation of the giant order with panelled pilaster strips
with pediment surmounted by die-acroteria- a similar composition to No. 7
Adam Street. Anthemion pattern cast iron balconettes to 1st floor windows.
Wrought iron area railings. Interior,although considerably altered in its
finishes and with later staircase inserted, retains such features as the
Doric column screens to the hall and 1st floor landing, the ground floor
and 1st floor rooms at the river end have segmental bowed west walls and
apsed north walls, marble chimneypieces, shallow elliptical pattern
plasterwork to ceilings, some mahogany doors intact in enriched architraves
etc. Robert Adam moved to No. 3 from Adelphi Terrace in 1778 and it
remained his London residence until 1785.
Survey of London; Vol. XVIII.
Georgian London; John Summerson.

Listing NGR: TQ3037980539

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