© Mrs Joy Roddy LRPS
TAYLOR MAXWELL HOUSE AND ATTACHED FRONT BALUSTRADE, THE PROMENADE (east side)
BRISTOL, BRISTOL, BRISTOL
Mrs Joy Roddy LRPS
27 October 1999
08 January 1959
Date of last amendment:
30 December 1994
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ST5673SE THE PROMENADE, Clifton
901-1/1/1076 (East side)
08/01/59 Taylor Maxwell House and attached
(Formerly Listed as:
THE PROMENADE, Clifton Down
Formerly known as: Avonside House THE PROMENADE Clifton Down.
House, now office. 1839. By RS Pope. Limestone ashlar,
rendered side and rear, lateral and ridge stacks, and slate
hipped roof. Double-depth plan. Neoclassical style.
3 storeys and basement; 5-window range. A symmetrical front
has projecting 1-window wings with attached ground-floor Greek
Doric columns set back between banded pilaster strips to an
entablature, wide pilaster strips above, to a full-width heavy
bracketed cornice, outer pediments with tall parapets and
wreaths in the tympana, and a parapet with raised central
sections. The centre is banded on the ground floor with a
distyle-in-antis Doric entrance, the doorway set back with an
impost band and C20 door, and a shallow right-hand bay with
First-floor windows are set in recesses with Corinthian
pilasters, the outer second-floor windows recessed with a
plain mullion, the middle ones with battered raised surrounds.
First-floor cantilevered stone balcony across the middle has
cast-iron balustrade of wreaths. 6/6-pane sashes, mullion and
transom casements first-floor outer windows. The left return
in 2 sections separated by a gap, outer windows with banded
ground-floor jambs, plain pilasters above to the cornice, and
a central 2-storey panel above the ground floor with waterleaf
moulding and anthemia in the corners.
Rear elevation is a 5-window range with a central ground-floor
bay articulated by fluted pilasters, a semicircular-arched
second-floor stair window with a stone balcony, both pierced
with rectangular holes with diagonal cast-iron railings; tall
left-hand oriel on iron stanchions with tripartite window.
INTERIOR: lobby to a rear central stair hall with an open
dogleg stone stair with moulded cast-iron balusters, and a
large fluted newel with a ball finial; left-hand central
lateral dogleg service stair with uncut string, stick
balusters and column newels; panelled reveals and 6-panel
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: a central raised terrace across the front
has attached battered balusters between the wings, dies to
either end of a central stair flight, with plain urn finials.
A well-detailed house making good use of the corner site. Part
of a remarkable group including Promenade House (qv),
Engineer's House (qv) and Trafalgar House (qv) extending NW
from Litfield House, Litfield Place (qv).
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 268; Mowl T: To Build The Second
City: Bristol: 1991-: 162).