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Home House (20 Portman Square)

  • Built / Designed For: Elizabeth, Countess of Home

    House & Family History: Home House is an exceptionally fine Georgian London townhouse at No. 20 Portman Square in the City of Westminster. In 1926 the House was leased by Samuel Courtauld to house his growing art collection; at his wife's death in 1931 he gave the House and the collection to the new Courtauld Institute of Art as a temporary home. The "temporary" accommodation lasted until 1989, when the Courtauld Institute left for new premises in Somerset House. After the Courtauld Institute's departure the House was purchased by Berkeley Adam Ltd., who let it remain vacant until 2004, when it was sold to new owners who turned No. 20 Portman Square into Home House Private Members Club, joining it with Nos. 19 and 21. As part of the research undertaken during the extensive and lavish refurbishment, it was revealed that Home House was originally designed in 1776 by James Wyatt for Elizabeth, Countess of Home. In 1777 Wyatt was replaced by Robert Adam, who probably only designed the interiors (it had previously been believed that Adam designed the entire house). The Italian decorative painter Antonio Zucchi (husband of the famous Angelica Kaufman) worked with Adam on the lavish interiors of Home House, which are almost unequaled in London for their Neoclassical splendor.

  • Architect: Robert Adam

    Date: 1773-76
    Designed: Took over from Wyatt; probably responsible only for interiors.

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    Architect: James Wyatt

    Designed: House

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  • Title: Georgian Group Journal, Volume IX: 1999, The
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 1999
    Reference: pg. 130
    Publisher: London: The Georgian Group
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Georgian: The Magazine of the Georgian Group, The
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: January 1999, pg. 11
    Publisher: London: The Georgian Group
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Magazine

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "Jeeves and Wooster" (1990 - TV series, in the episode "Bertie is in Love" [aka "Golf Tournament," aka "Tuppy and the Terrier"], Home House is the interior of Bobbie Wickham's London house). "Alleyn Mysteries" (1993 - TV series, as Marsden House in the episode "Death in a White Tie"). "Carrington" (1995).
  • Past Seat / Home of: Elizabeth, Countess of Home, 18th century. William Gale, 18th century. Marquis de la Luzerne, French ambassador to the Court of St. James's, 1788-91. John Murray, 4th Duke of Atholl, 1798-1808. Henry Pelham Alexander Pelham-Clinton, 6th Duke of Newcastle, 1820-61. Sir Francis Henry Goldsmid, 1862-1919. John Poynder Dickson-Poynder, 1st Baron Islington, 1919-26.

    Current Ownership Type: Club

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Club

    Ownership Details: Today Home House Private Members Club

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 02076-702-000

    Fax: 02076-702-000

    Website: https://homehouse.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No