Grandeur from the outside, but the Robson Warren-designed The Chapel conversion in Goldsmiths Buildings, London W3 is a very modern space on the inside.
The outside is all about the period, with the building formerly a chapel and meeting room of the Goldsmiths Company almshouses, dating from around 1811 and originally the work of architect Charles Beazley.
Fast forward a couple of centuries and the look remains the same at first glance, helped along by the well-maintained communal gardens that surround the grade II-listed building. But beyond the front door is where the magic has taken place.
It is now a two-bedroom property, brought into the 21st century by Robson Warren Architects. This is one of 18 private homes now making up The Chapel – and undoubtedly the star of the show.
Enter via the the porticoed entrance and you will be greeted by a large open-plan reception room, with a ‘raised’ study area to the rear featuring the original 19th-century encaustic tiles. Further back is the kitchen and dining area, as well as the original fireplace.
You can also head further out onto the patio from the kitchen, should you wish to enjoy the scenery of the communal gardens, which cover around a third of an acre.
Alternatively head up the spiral staircase from the reception room and you will find master bedroom and its en-suite bathroom, complete with half-moon window overlooking the gardens plus ‘a panel of strengthened glass’ in the floor to boost the light into the study area below.
On the second floor, there’s a further double bedroom and en-suite shower room. Above that is the original clocktower, with the old bell hanging from a beam in the roof. Now that is what you call a feature.
£1,020,000 is the asking price.
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