Monday, September 17, 2007

Open House London - House of St. Barnabas-in-Soho

This Georgian townhouse is on the southwest corner of Soho Square and was built in 1746 as a private residence, though it was not finished and occupied until 1754. Since 1863, it has been home to the charity of St. Barnabas-in-Soho, and a chapel was built at about that time. It was a homeless shelter for women from 1946-2006, and is now becoming a service center for the homeless.

The house has beautiful Roccoco plasterwork commissioned by its first occupant.

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