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Washington Hall (Dame Margaret Hall)

  • Built / Designed For: Isaac Lowthian Bell

    House & Family History: Washington Hall is famous today as the birthplace of Gertrude Bell, explorer and Middle East expert; the House was built for her father, Isaac Lowthian Bell, a noted 19th century chemical manufacturer. For much of the 20th century Washington Hall served as residential school; it has now been divided into flats (it was renamed Dame Margaret Hall during occupation by the school). The famous Turkish bath installed by Philip Webb in 1860s was destroyed.

  • Architect: Philip Webb

    Date: 1865-67
    Designed: Addition to House

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    Architect: A. B. Higham

    Date: 1854-57
    Designed: House for Isaac Lowthian Bell

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  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Isaac Lowthian Bell, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Flat Owners Company / Condo Association

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Flats / Multi Family

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No