English Commission Building

Centennial Exhibition
English Commission Building

Item Info

Item No: c090180
Title: English Commission Building
Additional Title: English Commission Building
Series: Lithograph
Media Type: Lithographs
Notes: "Engl. Commission, Commission Anglaise."

Lithograph Caption:

Among the most attractive features of the grounds are the three buildings erected by the English Commission. St. George’s House, the largest and most elaborate, is used for the offices of the English Commissioners, which are south of State Avenue and adjoining the New York Building. One of the others is in use as a kitchen, and the third is occupied by the English police. This group of buildings represents in a very picturesque manner the old half-timber houses of two centuries ago, many of which yet remain near Chester and in other parts of England. The main structure covers a space of 93 x 68 feet, with projections. The exterior is indescribable with any degree of minuteness. It is composed of gables, projecting, bay and oriel windows, verandas and balconies, and defies that sort of taste which sees beauty only in straight lines. There are projections and recesses, porches and other arrangements, all of which to the American eye appear inexpressibly odd. The chimneys are broad and massive; the roof covered with red earthenware tiles; the windows, which are numerous, are composed of very small panes of glass set in leaden sashes. Outside, the house appears to be all window and gable; inside, there are several rooms finely finished in carved oak, which open into one another, and which connect with the main hall, stairways and corridors. The high mantelpieces are of carved wood bordered with painted and enameled tiles. The hearths and the floors are tiled; and the interior is so unlike anything that we have in this country that inspection of it reveals an interesting curiosity. The staff building is 65 x 35. The kitchen building is 60 x 20. The architect was Thomas Harris of London; builder, John Rice, under the immediate supervision of J. H. Cundall, C. E., the engineer of the Commission. The interior is furnished with appropriate old-fashioned English furniture, under the direction of Mr. Cooper, of London.

Notes: 1 lithograph; 12 x 22 cm.
Notes: Removed from: Centennial portfolio / Thompson Westcott. Philadelphia : T. Hunter, 1876.
Notes: Saint George's House with the Kitchen Building. People stroll in the foreground.
Creator Name: Westcott, Thompson. Centennial portfolio.
Thomas Hunter, lithographer.