WDS CASE STUDY

CARLTON HOUSE TERRACE

“Of all the heritage buildings in Westminster, this one sits at the top of the tree. Nothing else quite equals the grandeur.”

Timothy Jones
Principal Inspector at English Heritage
Carlton House Terrace holds a unique attraction to the Hinduja Family. With its royal association – to the original Carlton House, the residence of King George IV when he was Prince Regent – as well as its location overlooking St James’s Park it stands as an icon of British history. That history is intimately intertwined with that of India – the Jewel in the Crown.
The purchase and careful restoration of Nos. 13–16 Carlton House Terrace offered us the unique opportunity and challenge of blending together the historic traditions and heritage of the United Kingdom with those of India. The fusion can be seen in much of the restoration work that was done of the houses, with a number of features and traditions from India.
We are honored to be custodians of this historic residence and to have played a part in restoring a piece of the United Kingdom’s important heritage for future generations.
The Hinduja Family

“The refurbishment works together with the sympathetic modernising of the building infrastructure will help preserve Nos. 13 – 16 Carlton House Terrace for another 100 years”

The Crown estate

A Palace for two Prince of Wales

The earliest records describe the site of Carlton House belonging partly to Westminster Abbey and partly to St. James’s Hospital and a possession of the College of the Blessed Mary at Eton. The Royal connection started in 1531 when King Henry VIII bought this land to make way for his new palaces and park. It was only in 1709, that Henry Boyle, later created Lord Carleton began constructing a house. By 1713 Boyle completed the house, which carried his name. After his death the house was sold to Prince Federick of Wales. As the royal palace and residence to two Princes of Wales, Carlton House became a focal point for political intrigue and power, first with Prince Federick, and later with his grandson, Prince George of Wales, later the Prince Regent and in 1820 King George IV.

A grand London residence

Carlton House remained as the Prince of Wales’s official residence when he became Prince Regent in 1811. The Prince Regent would spend vast amounts of money making modifications and acquisitions of furniture and artwork for the house. In June the Prince held a grand fete at Carlton House to celebrate the Regency. With over 2,000 guests, including members of the exiled French Royal Family, the festivities went on all night, with guests sitting for dinner at two thirty in the morning. Carlton House was also opened to the public for three days with thousands of people visiting the house.

Carlton House Terrace in the 20th Century

As the wealth amongst many of Britain’s aristocracy diminished, the Crown Estate was unable to let the properties as private residences. This led to discussions in the 1930s and later in the 1950s on a number of redevelopment schemes for the partial or complete demolition and redevelopment of the Terrace. In the Second World War at the time of the London Blitz the Terraces were severely damaged. Nos 13,14,15 became the headquarters of the British Red Cross. In the 1960s Nos. 13,14 and 15 were used as additional accommodation of The National Portrait Gallery, with restorations and a new grand gallery across all three houses, commissioned by Sir Roy Strong from designs by Michael Inchbald.
Following this, the Crown Estate had its offices at Nos. 13,14 and 15 from 1971, and in 1984 No. 16 was taken by the Crown Estate. A major project to restore the Owen Jones interiors was undertaken by Hunter and Partners, with help from English Heritage and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The restoration was completed in 1989 and in 1991 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh reopened the refurbished offices. The restoration was awarded the Europa Nostra Diploma of Merit for its contribution to preservation of Europe’s heritage.
The Hinduja Family acquired No. 13–16 Carlton House Terrace in 2006 and embarked on a five-year restoration programme to turn the houses back into exquisite private residences..

Carlton House Timeline

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