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Vane Towers villa Lugano

A Grade II Listed Building in Torquay, Torbay

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Latitude: 50.459 / 50°27'32"N

Longitude: -3.5218 / 3°31'18"W

OS Eastings: 292071

OS Northings: 63233

OS Grid: SX920632

Mapcode National: GBR QX.3DRV

Mapcode Global: FRA 37HV.5RX

Plus Code: 9C2RFF5H+H7

Entry Name: Vane Towers villa Lugano

Listing Date: 10 January 1975

Last Amended: 3 May 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1291576

English Heritage Legacy ID: 390875

Location: Wellswood, Torbay, TQ1

County: Torbay

Electoral Ward/Division: Wellswood

Built-Up Area: Torquay

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Torquay St Matthias

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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885-1/18/294 (South East side)
10/01/75 Vane Towers and Villa Lugano
(Formerly Listed as:
Vane Towers, Little Maderia and
Villa Lugano)


Villa, divided into three. c1870. Snecked local grey
limestone; Roman tile roof; stacks with elaborate brick shafts
with corbelled cornices and round-headed flue dividers.
PLAN: Irregular plan with main pedestrian entrance on the NW
side and tower at eastern corner.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and attic with 3-stage tower. Asymmetrical
4-window front (one to the tower to the right). Very deep
eaves with moulded rafter ends. Polychromatic banding of
relief tiles and stone; windows with elaborate architraves,
some with keyblocks and tiled lintels. Projecting porch in
centre of main block with gable treated as a pediment above a
projecting cornice. Round-headed doorway with corner
pilasters, an inner order of moulded tiles and a panelled
front door with fanlight. Front elevation recessed above porch
with a one-light window. Windows mostly glazed with
high-transomed mullioned windows with square leaded panes:
unfortunate window replacement to second-floor right.
The tower, set back to the right, has a hipped slate roof with
eaves brackets. Tower windows round-headed and arranged as
pairs or singles. Other elevations continue the elaborate
polychromatic Italianate style.
INTERIOR: Partially inspected. One of the principal rooms
retains an elaborate inglenook; other features of interest may
This building is prominent from many points in Torquay. It is
said to have been built for the first American Ambassador to

Listing NGR: SX9207163233

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