Open House London: Admiralty House

This weekend, historic and architecturally significant buildings in London opened their doors to members of the public as part of Open House London. So, i started my weekend off with a trip to Admiralty House, a building I have been curious about for quite some time.

Admiralty House is a Grade I listed building which is normally closed to the public.  Built in 1785 to accommodate the First Lord of the Admiralty, it is now owned by the Cabinet Office who uses the ground floor Senate Rooms for meetings and conferences.

The rooms are filled with naval themed art and antiques belonging to the Ministry of Defence Art Collection. The most interesting part for me was the highly decorative chimney stove in the main hallway. Made from stone and terracotta, it was designed to look like a rostral column similar to the monuments used by the Romans to commemorate their victories over the Carthaginian fleet with images of captured enemy warships.

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