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IoE Number: 412995
Photographer: Mr Adam Watson
Date Photographed: 19 June 2004
Date listed: 14 January 1970
Date of last amendment: 14 January 1970
Grade II*

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In the entry for TQ 2679 NE KENSINGTON GORE SW7 85/20 No 1 (Royal Geographical Society 14.1.70 The grade shall be upgraded to grade II* (star) and the description shall be amended to read: Mansion, now headquarters of learned society. 1874-5, by Richard Norman Shaw for William and Alice Lowther; extension of 1928-30 by G. L. Kennedy and F. B. Nightingale for Royal Geographical Society. Red brick with gauged and rubbed brick dressings; gabled and hipped plain tile roofs; tall fluted brick stacks. Complex half-H plan with porch to right of central hall and former stable range projecting from wing to left. Queen Anne style. Complex facade of 2 storeys and attic, with 3 main bays to centre flanked by wings with hipped roofs. Segmental arches and second-floor flat arches over cross windows with leaded lights. Two pedimented bays to centre, breaking through coved cornice; wing to right has semi-circular arched doorway, and first-floor balcony with rendered coving from which tall pedimented dormer breaks through coved cornice of hipped roof; wing to left dominated by tall stacks breaking through cover cornice of hipped roof. Whole composition is also articulated by string courses broken by pilasters, mostly to dormer and bay windows. Similar but simpler 2-storey wing to left including former stables to far left with pedi- mented dormer windows and blind oculi. Rear and side elevations in similar style, with tall pedimented dormers surmounting canted bay windows and lateral stack to recessed bay of rear elevation. Extension of 1928-30 to left, has one-storey main elevations with tripartite window to canted return and statues of Shackleton by S. Sergeant Jagger (c.1932) and Dr Livingstone by T. B. Huxley- Jones (c.1953) set in classical stone niches. Interior: fine Queen Anne interiors with moulded cornices, classical fireplaces and panelled doors set in eared and pedimented architraves. Principal rooms include Hall with panelled dado, walnut-beamed ceiling and bolection-panelled overmantle over classical fireplace with tiles painted with coats of arms of Lowther family by Alice Lowther; large semi-circular archway to stair-hall to right with panelled dado and fine turned-baluster staircase rising above small former Flower Room; Map Room, former Drawing Room to rear of hall has decorative plaster frieze and coffered ceiling with decorative plaster spandrels. 1928- 30 extension has large lecture room and Soanian-style ambulatory. Lowther Lodge was one of the earliest and most influential works in the Queen Anne style, being hailed as an 'artistic landmark' in the Building News of 1875. (M. Girovard, Sweetness and Light, 1977; A. Saint, Richard Norman Shaw, 1976; Survey of London, Vol.38. ------------------------------------ TQ 2679 NE CITY OF WESTMINSTER KENSINGTON GORE, SW7 85/20 14.1.70 No 1 (Royal Geographical Society). GV II Mansion, now headquarters of learned society. 1874 with later additions. R Norman Shaw. Red brick; pitched red tiled roof to eaves. Queen Anne style. One to two storeys plus roof storey. Complex composition. Main block set back with projecting wings to right and left, that to right with entrance within arch and gabled dormer over; that to left with single storey dormered wing and further wings at left. Casement windows, segmental headed to main storeys and square headed to dormers. Timber mullions and transoms; leaded lights. Cut brick and coved plaster cornice. Complex roof with pedimented dormers; tall chimneys with pilaster strips. Much carved brickwork. Interior not inspected. Sweetness and Light. M Girouard.

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