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Rudolf Steiner House and Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in City of Westminster, London

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Latitude: 51.5249 / 51°31'29"N

Longitude: -0.1605 / 0°9'37"W

OS Eastings: 527708

OS Northings: 182273

OS Grid: TQ277822

Mapcode National: GBR 87.4J

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.5XHV

Plus Code: 9C3XGRFQ+XQ

Entry Name: Rudolf Steiner House and Hall

Listing Date: 27 July 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1248379

English Heritage Legacy ID: 429975

Location: Bryanston and Dorset Square, Westminster, London, NW1

County: London

District: City of Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: Bryanston and Dorset Square

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Cyprian Clarence Gate

Church of England Diocese: London

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Hall, offices and meeting rooms for the Anthroposophical Society of
Rudolf Steiner Hall 1924-6, rest 1931-2; all by Montague Wheeler, Cast
in-situ concrete, faced in Granolithic concrete blocks. Roof not
visible. Asymmetrical composition of four storeys. 3 regular bays to
left under segmental pediment. Irregular fenestration of central.
sections reflects staircases behind. Three under-spaced bays to right.
Square mullion casements to upper floors with square panes. Round -
arched openings to ground floor with, to right expressionist segmental
curved shopfront under coved hood mould.

Interior a powerful composition centred on the hall built to stage
performances of 'Eurythmy', the expression of the spirit through physical
movement of the building: sinuous expressionistic curves implying
movement. This is seen in the irregular angles and curves of the hall
proscenium and windows, but most particularly in two staircases animatic
in the life given to the concrete structure. This was achieved by first
building models in clay, a medium much favoured by Steiner himself.

The Rudolf Steiner House is the headquarters of a power international
movement that from the first expressed its ideology in architecture.
This is the strongest English example of Steiner's unique architecture
idiom best known at his goethenaum near Basle. The building stands also
as an almost unique British example of the symbolic expressionism
prevalent in German art before and after World War I.

Listing NGR: TQ2770882273

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