SMART VILLA RESIDENCE ON THE
Building operations have lately been commenced in the erection
of a marine residence for Mr. Arthur T. Knowles. As will be seen from the
illustration, it has several novel architectural features, and will constitute
an imposing structure on the cliffs near to the present Uncle Tom's Cabin. The site
is part of the Gynn Estate and contains 6,360 square yards. It has a frontage to
the new Esplanade or King's Drive of 303 feet, and is bounded on the north and
south by Richmond Place and Shaftesbury Avenue respectively.
The residence contains on the ground floor large
dining-room with a circular tower at the north-westerly corner, inner and outer
entrance halls, large and small drawing-rooms, which are so arranged as to be
available for use either as one or two rooms; conservatory, kitchen, lavatories,
servery, butler's pantry.
The usual kitchen offices, with heating chamber, wine stores,
etc., are in the basement, so arranged that, whilst being easily accessible from
the domestic portion of the house, they are at the same time screened from the
grounds and the living portions. The main entrance is from the garden on the east,
the approach being through a loggia and an inner hall opening into a large
staircase hall 20ft. by 20ft. The staircase has been designed to open to the full
height of the building, and is surmounted by a circular dome giving light and
effect to the staircase. A mezzanine lounge with circular windows overlooking the
gardens opens from the staircase.
On the first floor will be four bedrooms, dressing-room,
boudoir, bathroom and a balcony, also a small turret in which is a
staircase giving access to the top of the circular tower. There are also
five bedrooms on the second floor.
The materials proposed to be employed are Longridge wall stones with white Stainton
(Ulverston) limestone dressings, for the exterior walls. Portions of the gables
will be finished in half-timbered work richly carved, filled in. with irregular
opal panels. A wide embattlemented terrace will form a feature of the front and
It is proposed to construct the staircase in oak with richly
elaborated panels, the dome over the stairs being carried on Corinthian columns.
Oak will be the predominating wood for interior furnishings.
The floors of the reception rooms will be of parquetry inlaid with teak, walnut,
and oak, the loggia and conservatory floors being formed of marble terrazzo
It will be seen from the sketch the idea aimed at has been to
give a substantial baronial effect to the elevations, at the same time securing the
maximum amount of sunlight to the living rooms. The conservatory and the three
drawing-rooms are arranged en suite so as to render them easily available for
At the Shaftesbury Avenue end of the site will be erected a
caretaker's cottage and motor garage.
The tender of Messrs. Dryland and Preston has been accepted
for the whole of the work; amounting to £4,200 exclusive of the cottage and garage.
The sub-contractors for the work are:-Messrs. G. Collins and Sons, stonemasons; Mr.
T. H. Smith, carpenter and joiner; Mr; J. Coulston, plumber, glazier, and painter;
Mr. W. Ward, plasterer.The residence is being erected from plains prepared by and
under the superintendence of Mr. Arthur Handle, C.E., 44, Abingdon street,