Grosvenor Square

Hardly anyone would have believed that elaborate brick and stone long building blocks of Grosvenor Square have been built in the mid-20th century. The history of the square had seen a few generations of buildings torn down and replaced with newer ones, the last of them result of the renovation after the damage from World War II.

The buildings built on the square had not been replicas, but an attempt of accurate reinvention of Georgian-style architecture. It is in a way a revival of a revival.

The six-story block at 10-20 Grosvenor Square boasts strict symmetry and facade hierarchy, both vertical and horizontal. The floors appear to be lowering gradually with height of the building, the principal floor being the first one, with the double height windows and pointed and large curved pediments. Elaborate dentiled cornice separates the lofts, and wrought iron fences guard the opening for the basement windows.

The central portion of the building is its most monumental part, with rusticated ground floor, three-story composite order columns, and balustraded terraces. The only visible inconsistencies to the perfect symmetry are the distinct keystone ornaments. The side entrances feature their own palatial entrances, and the corners of the building repeat the central portion with less prominent elements. Well-proportioned and well-made, although not original, it revives the spirit of the place in just the right manner.

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