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Former United University Club

A Grade II Listed Building in St James's, Westminster

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Latitude: 51.5083 / 51°30'29"N

Longitude: -0.1304 / 0°7'49"W

OS Eastings: 529844

OS Northings: 180474

OS Grid: TQ298804

Mapcode National: GBR GF.WH

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.PCF2

Plus Code: 9C3XGV59+8R

Entry Name: Former United University Club

Listing Date: 1 December 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1266153

English Heritage Legacy ID: 422831

Location: St. James's, Westminster, London, SW1Y

County: 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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82/20 (north west side)
Nos. 3 to 5 consec.
(including Nos. 1 to
4 Suffolk Street),
formerly United
University Club.
Former club-house. 1906-07 by (Sir) Reginald Blomfield. Portland stone,
slate roof. Early instance of Blomfield's refined Beaux Arts classicism in
the neo-Gabriel French manner but still with certain English neo-Mannerist
features (or rather solecisms). 3 storeys, basement and dormered mansard.
9-window with front to Pall Mall East grouped in rhythm 1:3:1:3:1
(originally 1:3:1 and extended by Blomfield), and 10-window wide return
with entrance to Suffolk Street (also extended subsequently by Blomfield).
The entrance has a recessed porch to end of original Suffolk Street front
with 2 Doric columns in antis under entablature. The ground floor is
smoothly rusticated with emphasis on horizontal joints and has recessed
square headed small pane glazing bar sashes, similar sashes to upper floors
with the groups of window bays framed by full height channelled piers. To
Pall Mall East the recessed single window bays are flanked in antis by
giant Ionic quarter columns whilst the wider 3 window groups are set in
recessed shallow through-storey segmental bows. To Suffolk Street the
design is similar but here the recessed bays are of 2 windows and are
further emphasised by a central dividing engaged Ionic column in antis,
whilst the segmental bow 3-window group, framed by the channelled piers, is
advanced from the building line. Deep entablature with projecting cornice
and balustraded and panelled parapet with flambeau-vases to the corners and
over the 3-window groups. Segmental pedimented dormers and cupola on
ridge. Prominent 1st floor balconies on console brackets to recessed
window bays with urn-finialed iron rails with ornate panels of scrollwork.
Iron area railings with coupled urn-finialed standards. The interior lacks
the clear axiality of a Beaux Arts plan.

Listing NGR: TQ2984480474

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