Covent Garden

Henrietta Street - North

Henrietta Street - North

From the first, Henrietta Street had the character of a good class shopping street, with residential quarters above. In the 18th century, coffee houses and taverns opened here, the latter suppressed by the Bedford estate a century later, when there was an influx of publishers into the street. On its northern side the street is dominated by the former St. Peter’s Hospital building erected in the ‘Queen Anne’ style in 1882, while on the opposite side, Nos. 3-10 are attractively preserved houses of the 18th century on the original plots; at its western end, the majority of buildings date from the nineteenth century.

22 Henrietta Street
The stucco and joinery are well-painted. The dark blue backgrounds to the decorative tympana at ground floor level are a particularly good touch. The projecting ledges beneath the flrst floor windows were designed for window boxes, and there is scope for reinstating such traditional floral decorations if required.

25-29 Henrietta Street: The former St. Peter’s Hospital
No longer in hospital use, a planning application for converting this building into an hotel has recently been refused. It is hoped that any new signs associated with a new occupier will make use of the handsome old stone cartouches on either side of the main entrance and perpetuate the character of the former lettered signs on these. The brickwork needs to be carefully cleaned and repointed. There is scope for some sensitive lighting of decorative forms and details of this facade.

This important corner building is well-maintained, but the signs are poorly designed and sited. The black acrylic fascia signs crudely cut across Clutton’s architectural frieze and should be taken down. Signs in this location should comprise individual gilt or bronze letters of a good classic type fitted to the dimensions of the stonework. The lower stainless steel plate signs are also cut across the stone joints of the architecture and introduce an incongruous modern material. They should be replaced by brass or bronze plates adapted to the dimensions of one of the single blocks of the rusticated Portland stonework. The new projecting logo sign is reasonable.

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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