Building record MYO1807 - 54 Bootham and atached railings


A former house, now an office, built circa 1840. It is constructed of grey brick; and comprises 3 storeys. It has 5 deeply recessed sash windows; the centre portion of one window breaks forward slightly. There is a deep sill band to the 2nd storey. Other features of the building are an eaves cornice on ornamental consoles, the doorway with Roman Doric column portico having a triglyph frieze and dentil cornice. The interior has decorative woodwork and plasterwork. A Bronze plaque at ground storey records that the poet W H Auden was born here 21 February 1907. The building has been used as an office since at least 1983.


Grid reference SE 5993 5238 (point)
Map sheet SE55SE
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


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House, now offices. c1840. Grey brick with painted stone or stucco dressings. Slate roof. EXTERIOR: facade symmetrical, of 3 storeys and 5 bays, with the central bay and pilaster strips to left and right breaking forward slightly. The 2nd floor windows have a deep sill band, and above the frieze a timber gutter cornice projects forwards on ornamented brackets. The glazing bar sash windows are deeply recessed and have rubbed brick flat arches. The central window on the 1st floor has an architrave. The attic is lit by 2 dormers. The door has 2 glazed panels above 6 raised and fielded panels and is set within an architrave with a cornice on console brackets. The porch is supported on baseless unfluted Doric columns and has a dentilled cornice and a frieze decorated with roundels. Chimneys on gables in front of and behind ridge. INTERIOR: not inspected. RCHM records original hall and staircase divided by Corinthian pilasters and an enriched entablature, with original doorcases and alcove off half-landing with fluted columns. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: cast-iron railings on stone copings surround the basement area. A bronze plaque records that the poet WH Auden was born here 21 February 1907. (An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of York: RCHME: Outside the City Walls East of the Ouse: London: 1975-: 63).
Listing NGR: SE5993152383

Derived from English Heritage LB download dated: 22/08/2005

NMR additional information:
List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest DOE (HHR) City of York N Yorks June 1983 33
Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) 1:2500, 1962.

Related NMR even Architectural Survey 1995 no.613515

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May 5 2020 4:28PM


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