Covent Garden

Buildings - Facade

The following pages make detailed proposals for the treatment and improvement of each group of buildings in the Conservation Area, based on a careful analysis of the historic fabric and the evolution of the area (at the time of writing, December 1994). The traditional elements that give vertical and horizontal proportion to individual buildings and grouped facades, the materials, forms and colours of Covemit Garden’s historic streets can all easily be spoiled by even minor insensitive alterations.

This section is intended to give guidance to freeholders and occupants some ways of improving their buildings so as to enhance their historic character and that of the Conservation Area as a whole. Some important streets and buildings are illustrated with historic or explanatory illustrations following the relevant facade sheet. Attention is drawn to features which are typical of Covent Garden and which might form specific models for restoration work to other buildings in the Conservation Area. Proposals for action either to buildings or streets and spaces adjoining are generally set in italics. Recomended colour details for paintwork and other matters are given in more detail on reference sheets after the facade section. A key plan on each sheet shows the elevation or section of streets described and related to property numbers/names. Approximate dates of the individual buildings (where known) are given at the top of each facade (b. = date built or of original building; r. date rebuilt or refaced) together with listing status (see also Listed Buildings for detailed descriptions).

Please note that the facades of buildings are diagrammatically drawn, and reproduced as reductions from the original approximate scale of 1:200. Each sheet has a scale bar to give indicative information only. Do not use scaled information from these drawings. Owners and occupiers are urged to commission expert, professional services for accurate survey and design information before implementing detailed improvements. The City of Westminster and English Heritage have planning and conservation specialists who should also be consulted on all historic buildings matters. All necessary formal consents and approvals must be obtained prior to any works on site.

Aerial sketch view of the study area showing the facades and streets described on the following pages.

See also Street Audit for other related improvement proposals including street furnishings.


Covent Garden Area Trust
42 Earlham St, The 7 Dials Club, London WC2H 9LA
Tel: 020 7497 9245 |
Registered Charity No: 299874. Registered at Companies House, Cardiff. Registered No: 02280893.

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