Coordinates : 51°30′18″N 0°8′9″W / 51.50500°N
0.13583°W / 51.50500; -0.13583
MARLBOROUGH HOUSE is a Grade I listed mansion in St James\'s , City
of Westminster north of The Mall and east of St James\'s Palace and is
the headquarters of the
Commonwealth of Nations
* 1 Construction * 2 Royal residence * 3 Commonwealth Secretariat * 4 Features * 5 Public opening times * 6 Transport * 7 References * 8 Bibliography * 9 External links
In its original form
The Duchess wanted her new house to be "strong, plain and convenient
and good". The architect
The house was taken up by the Crown in 1817. In the 1820s plans were
drawn up to demolish
This view of the entrance front published in the 1850s before Pennethorne's additions shows an additional storey on the wings. The wings later gained a fourth main storey, and the central section gained a third.
From 1853 to 1861
From 1861-1863, the building was substantially enlarged to designs by
James Pennethorne , who added a range of rooms on the north side
and a deep porch. This was done for the Prince of Wales, later King
After Queen Mary's death in 1953,
Eugène-Louis Lami , Entry to a Drawing Room at Marlborough
Princeton University Art Museum
The nearly cubical saloon retains wall-paintings by Louis Laguerre of the Battle of Blenheim (at which the 1st Duke of Marlborough was overall commander for Britain and her allies; seat of the Dukes of Marlborough is Blenheim Palace , one of England's largest houses). A cupola inserted in the ceiling is surrounded by paintings by Orazio Gentileschi for the Queen\'s House, Greenwich , 1636. There are paired staircases flanking the saloon, with further battle pieces by Laguerre. Most of the interiors have been altered.
PUBLIC OPENING TIMES
London Buses routes 9 and N9 serves
Historic England . "Grade I (422684)".
Images of England .
* ^ A B
Nikolaus Pevsner , The Buildings of England: London vol. I,
* ^ Greenwood Map of London 1830
* ^ F. H. W. Sheppard (General Editor) (1960). "Pall Mall, South
Side, Past Buildings: Nos 66–68 (consec.) Pall Mall: The Junior
Naval and Military Club". Survey of London: volumes 29 and 30: St
James Westminster, Part 1. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved
3 April 2013.
* ^ Frayling, Christopher , The Royal College of Art, One Hundred
and Fifty Years of Art and Design, p.35 & ff, 1987, Barrie online text
accessed 30 Nov 2010 (subscription site)
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* Stourton, James (2012). Great Houses of London (Hardback)format= requires url= (help ). London: Frances Lincoln. ISBN 978-0-7112-3366-9 .