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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1080964



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
Greater London AuthorityNewhamLondon Borough

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 25-Oct-1984

Date of most recent amendment: 08-Jul-1985

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 204954

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TQ 3984 6/7

ROMFORD ROAD (North side) WEST HAM E15 University House, University of East London (West Ham Precinct)


Former combined College, library and museum building 1895-98 by J G S Gibson and S B Russell. Sculpture by W Binnie Rhind. Ambitious and distinguished group of buildings in Free Classical style with distinctive Art Nouveau emphasis. Red brick and Portland stone with steep slated pitched roof. College comprises principal range to Romford Road. Nine bays wide, 2 storeys. Segmental window openings to ground floor with rusticated stone architraves and keystones. Round arched entrance with large semi-circular head supported by enriched consoles and female kneeling figures. Deep delicately carved frieze between storeys. Order of engaged columns rise through first floor to support enriched entablature to eaves cornice. Elaborate lead gutter above. Upper part of each bay divided by smaller order of engaged columns to form windows with leaded lights. Square battered brick terminal towers stand proud of the principal range with shallow domed stone heads and a single semicircular pedimented niche to each face housing carved figure. End gables crowned by concave sided pavilion roofs with stone and ironwork balustrades surmounted by cupolas with Art Nouveau finials and buttresses. To either side a 2-storey 3-bay pavilion with stone rustications and a semicircular open pediment topped by an obelisk and containing finely carved figures. Library and Museum in similar eclectic style. Museum to right of and set forward from main college facade. Broken semicircular open pediments to west and south. Central entrance with bronze relief sculpture inset above. Crowned by cupola. Library faces Water Lane with three semicircular pediments and shallow domed tower over entrance to left. Interiors of library and museums survive complete. Of particular note in the library is the main space with its decorative barrel roof and fine coloured plaster reliefs to east and west. Glass screens and bookshelves also survive. Museum contains fine galleried and domed top lit central space. Interior of College not seen. Wrought iron railings in Art Nouveau style linking brick and stone piers, surround the buildings.

Formerly known as West Ham Precinct of the North-East London Polytechnic and West Ham College of Technology, Central Library and Museum.

Listing NGR: TQ3946184629

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National Grid Reference: TQ 39461 84629


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