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Minerva House, North Crescent

A Grade II Listed Building in Bloomsbury, Camden

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Latitude: 51.5208 / 51°31'14"N

Longitude: -0.1339 / 0°8'2"W

OS Eastings: 529565

OS Northings: 181862

OS Grid: TQ295818

Mapcode National: GBR G9.30

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.M1KG

Plus Code: 9C3XGVC8+8C

Entry Name: Minerva House, North Crescent

Listing Date: 11 January 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1242934

English Heritage Legacy ID: 476889

Location: Bloomsbury, Camden, London, WC1E

County: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Bloomsbury

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Giles-in-the-Fields

Church of England Diocese: London

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798-1/99/204 (North side)
Minerva House, North Crescent


Former car showroom and repair workshop with offices over.
1912-13. By George Vernon. For the Minerva Motor Company.
Portland stone ashlar.
EXTERIOR: 4 storeys 5 bays. Symmetrical design with a concave
front corresponding to the crescent. Ground floor openings
with rounded corners have billet moulding and are separated by
thin V-profile fillets. Entrances in outer bays
segmental-arched with Mannerist detail; part-glazed panelled
double doors, inscribed above "Minerva House", and overlights.
Window openings formerly with sliding shutters and mahogany
folding doors. The articulation of the upper 3 storeys
corresponds to the ground floor, with narrower flanking bays
set over the doors. Very slender engaged columns rise through
the full height culminating in stylised Doric entablatures
with wreaths and drops at bays. Bowed, stone transom and
mullion windows, 4-light to central bays, 3-light to outer,
with small panes and Ionic half-column jambs; panelled
spandrel panels between 1st and 2nd floor. 3rd floor central
bay supports swag enriched base to triumphal arch feature
containing a carved statue of Minerva in front of a window.
Flanking bays have enriched broken pediments with cartouches.
Outer bays repeat the arch motif on a smaller scale to windows
with swagged aprons. Cast-iron railings to bays 2 and 4.
INTERIOR: not inspected.

Listing NGR: TQ2956581862

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