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Pearn Convalescent Home

A Grade II Listed Building in Compton, Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3915 / 50°23'29"N

Longitude: -4.1259 / 4°7'33"W

OS Eastings: 248980

OS Northings: 56780

OS Grid: SX489567

Mapcode National: GBR RF0.52

Mapcode Global: FRA 2870.JFJ

Plus Code: 9C2Q9VRF+HJ

Entry Name: Pearn Convalescent Home

Listing Date: 9 November 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1244647

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473373

Location: Compton, Plymouth, PL3

County: Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Compton

Built-Up Area: Plymouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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740-1/33/107 (South side)
Pearn Convalescent Home


Convalescent home. 1892 for Alonzo Pearn, opened 1895.
MATERIALS: stucco with various stucco and ceramic details;
asbestos slate hipped roofs with sprocketed eaves to wings and
copper octagonal domes with finials over the cupolas of the 2
entrance towers, the left-hand cupola with blind openings the
other with remains of its original ornate fenestration; deep
stuccoed stacks over the cross walls; balustraded parapets
over moulded cornices to central block and towers; projecting
eaves to wings which have cast-iron verandahs to ground floor.
Italianate style with some Free Style detail.
PLAN: overall E-shaped plan with deeper central rear wing.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys; symmetrical overall 16-window articulated
front plus canted ends to wings (4:1:2:2:2:1:4 bays). Original
2-pane mostly round-arched horned sashes. Overall the front
has plinth, moulded impost strings; mid-floor and sill strings
with brackets to central bays; moulded round arches, the flat
bays with 1st-floor hoods with entablature on consoles. The 2
central bays are paired canted bays with linking segmental
arch, rustication to ground floor, bowed balustraded balcony
to blind window above plus segmental pediment surmounting the
parapet balustrade. The entrance towers have rusticated quoin
pilasters, there are stone steps up to wide round-arched
doorways with pairs of panelled doors, sun-burst fanlights and
pedimented 1st-floor windows with balustraded balconies on
corbels. The glazed-roofed verandahs have elaborate ironwork
with flat elliptical arches carried on slender turned columns
with near Ionic capitals.
INTERIOR: where inspected the original features survive
including moulded plaster ceiling cornices, tall tiled dado
panelling to entrance halls; open-well staircases with turned
square balusters and chimneypieces at either end of large
central room which was originally 2 rooms when the home was
divided with males and females in separate halves.
This is an unusual building type which is distinguished
architecturally and survives virtually complete as built.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:

Listing NGR: SX4898056780

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