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Nos.24 & 26 Queen Street Chambers

A Grade II Listed Building in Castle (Castell), Cardiff

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4816 / 51°28'53"N

Longitude: -3.1777 / 3°10'39"W

OS Eastings: 318317

OS Northings: 176510

OS Grid: ST183765

Mapcode National: GBR KJL.FT

Mapcode Global: VH6FD.V1Y0

Entry Name: Nos.24 & 26 Queen Street Chambers

Listing Date: 19 May 1975

Last Amended: 30 April 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13778

Building Class: Commercial

Location: To R of Queen's Arcade

County: Cardiff

Community: Castle (Castell)

Community: Castle

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

1878, designed by C E Bernard, architect, in a C15 Venetian Gothic style. Old Glamorganshire canal formerly ran along eastern side of chambers, hence the choice of Venetian Gothic, a style admired and advocated by John Ruskin. Ground floor reconstructed in matching style 1992-93.

Exterior

Four storey facade in Venetian Gothic style. Stucco and Portland stone in imitation of Istrian stone. Seven bays. Gothic cornice with pierced pinnacles either end joined by ornamental battlements. Dormers. Third floor has single windows, seven in number and all with rounded heads and rope-moulded architraves (similar window to L return). Second floor has ogee-headed windows, arranged 2:1:2:3:2:1:2; floreated stringcourse at impost level; projecting balconies to single windows, pierced screens to others. First floor has windows with trefoil heads and Ruskinian floreated capped columns arranged in Venetian manner with 2:1:2 lights repeated either side of (restored) splayed oriel window in same style. Shopfronts on ground floor.

Reasons for Listing

Striking example of Venetian Gothic architecture.

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