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Admiralty Arch, First Sea Lord's Residence and Offices, Balustrades and Steps

A Grade I Listed Building in City of Westminster, London

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Latitude: 51.5067 / 51°30'24"N

Longitude: -0.1287 / 0°7'43"W

OS Eastings: 529970

OS Northings: 180305

OS Grid: TQ299803

Mapcode National: GBR HG.81

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.QDB8

Entry Name: Admiralty Arch, First Sea Lord's Residence and Offices, Balustrades and Steps

Listing Date: 5 February 1970

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1238982

English Heritage Legacy ID: 416684

Location: Westminster, London, SW1A

County: London

District: City of 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 Martin-in-the-Fields

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

82/59; 83/50
Admiralty Arch, First Sea
5.2.70 Lord's Residence and
Offices, Balustrades and

G.V. I

Offices and official residence block incorporating triumphal arch. 1906-11
by Sir Aston Webb as entrance to ceremonial approach to Buckingham Palace
and part of the national monument to Queen Victoria. Portland stone, slate
roofs. Late Roman Baroque derived design in Webb's version of Edwardian
Mannerist Classicism. Concave elevations to the Mall and to "place" formed
towards Trafalgar Square ingeniously disguising the unavoidable change of
axis. 2 storeys, attic storey, dormered mansard and basement (but 3
storeys within 2 storey height to the south west office wing) and with
massive blind crowning attic over triumphal arch centrepiece. 6-window
wide wings flanking 11-window, wide centrepiece containing the banded
rusticated triple carriage archways, the pedestrian archways piercing the
advanced end bays of the centrepiece. Engaged modified Corinthian giant
columns to triumphal arch centrepiece and similar giant pilaster order to
wings with architraved glazing bar sashes with segmental heads under
enriched cornices to main floor. Continuous main entablature beneath
channelled attic storey with balustraded parapet and crowning blind attic
of centrepiece with bronze inscription finished off with cornice and
blocking course. The single bay return ends of wings to the Mall
channelled and pedimented with sculpted seated figures at foot of panel
with cartouche of arms. Ornamental bronze gates to carriage archways.
Stone balustrade between panelled dies to basement areas, carried out in
curving arms, with shallow flights of steps, to define "rond point"
forecourt on the Mall side.

Survey of London; Vol. XX.
London 1900; AD Profiles 13.

Listing NGR: TQ2996980306

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