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Conserving a Grade II* listed House in Chelsea, London

Built within King Henry VIII’s Chelsea Manor Garden, Tudor House is a Grade II* listed building. It was built in 1717 and was Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s house and studio for 25 years. Over time it had been much altered, including by Sir Edwin Lutyens who, in 1905, added an attic storey and replaced the unsatisfactory principal staircase. Tudor House represents a seminal project for RMA, throwing up many problems of conservation philosophy and determining the practice’s significant change of direction into the field of conservation of all types: stone, brick, joinery, glass, plaster, lead, lime mortar and paint. Repairs to it also includes possibly the first use of pure lime in London since before WWII.

Front Elevation - before

Front Elevation – before

Front elevation - after

Front elevation – after

Rear Elevation - before

Rear Elevation – before

Rear Elevation - after

Rear Elevation – after

Drawings

Drawings

Geometric Staircase - before

Geometric Staircase – before

Geometric staircase - after

Geometric staircase – after

Geometric staircase - after

Geometric staircase – after

Principal Staircase - before

Principal Staircase – before

Principal Staircase - after

Principal Staircase – after

Internal Painting

Interior view of Dining Room: Painting by Rossetti

Dining room - before

Dining room – before

Dining Room - after

Dining Room – after

Living Room - before

Living Room – before

Living Room - during

Living Room – during

Living Room - after

Living Room – after

Front Area Staircase - before and after

Front Area Staircase – before and after

Drawing for Front Area Staircase

Drawing for Front Area Staircase

Rear Terrace - before

Rear Terrace – before

Rear Terrace - after

Rear Terrace – after