Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ruskinian neo-gothic

Back to the Farringdon Road - to 109-111 to be exact: it would be hard to find a purer piece of Ruskinian neo-Gothic, faux-Venetian architecture anywhere …  I'll borrow wholesale from the English Heritage description:

Printing Warehouse. 1864-1865. By Henry Jarvis for William Dickes, chromolithographer. Red brick set in Flemish bond with painted stone dressings, extensive glazing; roof obscured by parapet. Fine Venetian Gothic Style. Five storeys; 6-window range (each with tripartite sashes) all in pointed form. Windows diminish in height as they go up. 2nd and 3rd storeys have 2-light windows with colonnettes. Tripartite sashes to top storey with pierced trefoil decoration to stucco recess above windows. Pierced parapet with Gothic style balustrade. Round-arches to ground-floor set beneath pointed archivolts; bays articulated by engaged columns. Entrance at left end bay with doors of Gothic design; entrance at right end has been replaced by window.

Even more wonderfully, it's called Prince Consort House. 

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