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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1113056



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County District District Type Parish
Greater London AuthorityCamdenLondon Borough

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 10-Jun-1954

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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UID: 477406

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TQ2982SE GOWER STREET 798-1/94/612 (West side) 10/06/54 University College (University of London) & attached railings to N & S wings


College. Central block c1827-9 by W Wilkins and JP Gandy-Deering. Flaxman Gallery and Library c1848 by TL Donaldson. South wing, c1869-76, north wing c1870-1881, both by T Hayter Lewis. North-west wing 1912-13 by FM Simpson. South-west wing, c1923 by AE Richardson. South Junction block 1950, North Junction block 1951, Physics Building 1950-2 by AE Richardson and EAS Houfe. STYLE/PLAN: stone buildings in Neo-Grecian style enclosing a quadrangle, the Flaxman Gallery and library extending from the rear of the portico. EXTERIOR: main facade and wings, 2 storeys and attic. Central block: decastyle Corinthian pedimented portico on high podium approached by Imperial steps with solid stone balustrade and piers. Behind the pediment, the enriched copper dome, with blind stone lantern, of the Flaxman Gallery. Flanking the portico, 22 bays with rusticated ground floor and pilasters rising from the 1st floor and carrying an entablature. Architraved sash windows with cornices. Attic with rectangular, small paned windows in groups of 3. Flaxman Gallery and Library: space below the dome remodelled by Donaldson to house the plaster originals of Flaxman's sculptures. Library block of 3 storeys in brick with a stone arcade of paired columns at ground floor level. Stone band at 1st floor level. Large arcaded windows with stone impost bands. 2nd floor stepped back, a partly blind arcade only the arched heads being glazed. Enriched stone roundels in the spandrels. Stone capped parapet. North and south wings: 2 storeys with 13 bays each of which the centre bays form projecting semi-rotundas with Corinthian columns rising from the 1st floor carrying entablature and parapet. 1 bay either side of these features also projecting. 1st floor with pilasters between architraved sash windows with console bracketed cornices and sill string. Ground floor rusticated with architraved sashes with cornices. Architraved entrances, in the centre of projecting semi-rotundas, with console bracketed cornices, fanlights and panelled doors. Enriched frieze at 1st floor level. North-west and south-west wings: 11 bays each in similar style but without rotundas. End

bays projecting at entrance to quadrangle with 3 window returns. Similar facades to Gower Street. INTERIORS: all retain original features. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached cast-iron railings and stone piers to basement areas of wings. HISTORICAL NOTE: founded to provide university education without religious bias and the first college of London University. Housed in a cupboard in the College is the dressed skeleton of Jeremy Bentham, philosopher and reformer who bequeathed himself on his death in 1832 (Scheduled Ancient Monument). Also housed at the college, a collection of neo-Classical sculpture by Flaxman and a collection of pictures.

Listing NGR: TQ2958282298

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National Grid Reference: TQ 29582 82298


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