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Norfolk House (31 St. James's Square)

  • Built / Designed For: 9th Duke of Norfolk

    House & Family History: At the demolition of Norfolk House the paneling from the Music Room (one of the earliest examples of a room designed specifically for the performance of music in an English house) and doorways from the Great Room were purchased by the Victoria & Albert Museum and reassembled as period room in the museum. A doorway from the Great Room, designed by Giovanni Battista Borra and executed by Jean-Antoine (John) Cuenot, who did much of the carving at Norfolk House, is today in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; a companion doorway (see “Images” section) is in the collection of the V&A.

    Collections: After 1938 the majority of the contents of Norfolk House were moved to Arundel Castle, the dukes of Norfolk’s country seat.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Robert Abraham designed the stables 1819-20.

  • Architect: James Paine Sr.

    Date: 1756-69
    Designed: Chapel (1768) and alterations (1756-69) for 9th Duke of Norfolk

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    Architect: Matthew Brettingham the Elder

    Date: 1748-56
    Designed: House for 9th Duke of Norfolk

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    Architect: Giovanni Battista Borra

    Date: 1755
    Designed: Decorated main rooms, including the Music Room, for 9th Duke of Norfolk.

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    Architect: Robert Abraham

    Date: 1819-20
    Designed: Alterations, stables for 12th Duke of Norfolk.

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    Architect: Unknown (designed by an unknown architect)

    Date: 1842
    Designed: Portico and balcony for 13th Duke of Norfolk

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  • Title: Treasure Houses of Britain, The - SOFTBACK
    Author: Jackson-Stops, Gervase (Editor)
    Year Published: 1985
    Reference: pgs. 336-337
    Publisher: Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art (New Haven: Yale University Press)
    ISBN: 0300035530
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pgs. 145, 724
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: V&A Guide to Period Styles: 400 Years of British Art and Design, The
    Author: Jackson, Anna; Hinton, Morna
    Year Published: 2002
    Reference: pg. 57
    Publisher: London: V&A Publications
    ISBN: 0810965909
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: No Voice From the Hall: Early Memories of a Country House Snooper
    Author: Harris, John
    Year Published: 1998
    Publisher: London: John Murray
    ISBN: 0719555671
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: National Trust: Calke Abbey, Derbyshire: A Hidden House Revealed, The
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1985
    Publisher: London: George Philip (Antler Books Ltd)
    ISBN: 0540010847
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Demolished

    Park Listed: Destroyed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Edward Howard, 9th Duke of Norfolk, 18th century; Charles Howard, 10th Duke of Norfolk, 18th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Demolished

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No