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List Entry Summary

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: 1379327



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Greater London Authority

District: Camden

District Type: London Borough


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 24-Oct-1951

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 478706

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TQ3081SE 798-1/106/1054

CAMDEN LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS (North side) Nos.12, 13 AND 14 Sir John Soane Museum and attached railings 24/10/51 GV I Three terraced houses, formerly the home, studio and private museum of Sir John Soane, now a museum. Progressively rebuilt by Soane to form a symmetrical facade. No.12 built c1792-94 for himself; No.13, c1812-13; No.14, c1824 was built and sold off by Soane but the back half was retained and incorporated into the principal residence at No.13. Soane also built a museum, connected to No.13, on the site of the stables at the rear of the houses. Grey brick, No.13 with stone facing. Nos 12 and 14 with slated mansard roofs and dormers. EXTERIOR: four storeys and basements (No.12 & 14 with attics). Three windows each. Nos 12 and 14: arched ground floor openings. Doorways with patterned radial fanlights and panelled doors. Wrought-iron balconies at first floor level. Gauged brick flat arches to recessed windows with original glazing bars (No.14 with C19 blind boxes to second floor). Stone second floor sill strings. Brick modillion and stone cornices at third floor level. Stone cornices and blocking course above third floor. No.13: projecting stone front of three bays with the middle bay continuing the projection on the second floor. Round arched entrance, ground and first floor windows. Gothic brackets between windows of ground and first floor. First floor with blind balustrade below windows and enriched panels above, surmounted by Classical Coade stone figures on the outer bays. First floor was formerly an open loggia, glazed in 1834. Second floor with outer bays recessed and articulated with pilaster strips and friezes. Projecting middle bay with acroteria. Recessed third floor with stone pilasters carrying a stone balustrade with acroteria finials.

INTERIORS: intricate sequences of rooms. Ground floor rooms of complex spatial relationships. Dining room with shallow gilt saucer dome and convex mirrors; ceiling paintings by Henry Howard. Library with flat ceiling and pendants and mirror walls above the bookcases with hanging arches placed in front of the mirrors. First floor drawing rooms simpler; ceilings have two versions of Soane's shallow vaulting motifs. The dining room and one drawing room over a narrow courtyard rising from basement level. Breakfast room with a shallow gilt saucer dome on the centre of which rises a small lantern. The dome is supported at the corners only; the tympana let daylight in but the spandrels have convex mirrors giving a reduced perspective of the room. Other rooms of interest include the Dome, the Colonnade, the Picture Gallery, the Monk's Parlour.

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached cast-iron railings to areas.

HISTORICAL NOTE: No.12 was, from 1812, the residence of Sir John Soane who then lived in No.13 until his death in 1837. The principal rooms of the houses and museum are of great interest, having been designed to exhibit his art collection which now forms the Sir John Soane Museum.

(Survey of London: Vol. III, St Giles-in-the-Fields, part I: Lincoln's Inn Fields: London: 1912: 108-109). Listing NGR: TQ3072081472

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'Survey of London' in The Parish of St Giles-in-the-Fields Part 1 Lincoln's Inn Fields: Volume 3 , (1912), 108-109

National Grid Reference: TQ 30720 81472


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