Restoration & Alteration to Two Grade II Listed Houses
These two houses with their rubbed brick arches, sash windows and canopied doorcases overlook Richmond Green. The Buildings of England described Richmond Green as ‘one of the most beautiful urban greens surviving anywhere in England.’ At one time there may have been a single building with a central doorway; the right hand door case was probably added later in the Georgian Period. However, these houses have not always been in residential use. In the late 19th century the houses were used by the Post Office along with adjoining buildings in the High Street, with the yard between the buildings for carts and vans. During their ownership a telephone exchange was installed necessitating the strengthening of the floors for the heavy equipment. The dormers were also removed to provide mechanical cooling for the equipment. The result was much loss of historic features, although the fine first floor ceiling in one of the houses survived. Later the house was converted to office use, with a new building built in the yard.
Planning consent was obtained to return the houses to their original residential use. This included removing a lift to rebuild the staircase, reinstalling the dormers to light the second floor and recreating the paneling and fireplaces in the main rooms.