Interior of a house in Adelphi Terrace
Interior of a house in Adelphi Terrace
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Interior of a house in Adelphi Terrace
Ornamental ceiling in the first-floor rear room at 1a Adelphi Terrace, the Strand. It features a large rosette at centre, surrounded by painted semicircular medallions containing classical subjects in light relief stucco work. Adelphi Terrace (also known as the Royal Terrace) was a neoclassical block of eleven terraced houses overlooking the River Thames. It was developed by the Adam Brothers between 1768 and 1774 and designed primarily by Robert Adam; its name, 'Adelphi', is Greek for 'brothers'. Number 1a, which until 1845 was numbered 20 in Adam Street, was with number 5 the first in the Terrace to be completed. Dr John Turton, the first occupant, was a fashionable physician who enjoyed the patronage of the royal family. His wife, Mary, retained possession of the Adelphi house until 1809. The Junior Garrick Club occupied this house in 1878-88 and from 1897 until its demolition in 1936 it was used by the Police Institute. Adelphi Terrace no longer exists. In 1927 the Adelphi estate was sold at auction, and in 1936 many of the houses, including the great riverfront terrace and its underground vaults, were torn down and a new Art Deco Adelphi building designed by Collcutt & Hamp was erected in their place. The houses were stripped of their fittings and auctions which took place in April and May 1936 included chimneypieces, grates, wainscoting and doors, dado rails, columns and balconettes.
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