SE6051 : Castlegate House, York

taken 17 years ago, near to York, Great Britain

Castlegate House, York
Castlegate House, York
An exquisite Georgian townhouse, designed by York's own C18th 'starchitect' John Carr, and built 1762-63 for Peter Johnson, Recorder of York. The most conspicuous feature is the first-floor arcade of blind arches, into which are set the windows with blind balustrades. A good Doric porch too. The colour has been slightly distorted in this picture, scanned from a print, but the brick is orangey-brown. Grade I listed.
I'm guessing this is now in institutional/commercial use. It appears to be a venue for freemasonry meetings.
In the C18th architectural hierarchy, Carr (1723-1807) was somewhat more accomplished than most of the breed of skilled, provincial builder-architects of the Georgian era. Whilst not sitting at the top table of the London elite, he was the only provincial member of the London Architects' Club, and "was known and respected in the most sophisticated architectural circles" (Howard Colvin's Biographical Dictionary of British Architects). Based in York (hence his moniker 'Carr of York'), he was "for more than half a century the principal architect practising in Yorkshire and the north of England" (Colvin). His successful and lucrative practice was based very much on country houses for the gentry, the exteriors of which were generally plain but immaculately proportioned and the interiors of which largely followed the fashions set by Robert Adam. He also designed public buildings, churches, and bridges, the latter in his capacity as Surveyor of Bridges for the West Riding (1760-73), and later, as the equivalent (but better-paid) for the North Riding. Carr was also actively engaged in civic life, serving as a city chamberlain, sheriff, alderman, Lord Mayor, and magistrate. All this was achieved in the absence of any professional training - like his father, grandfather and great grandfather before him he trained as a stonemason. On his death, the practice was inherited by his assistant, Peter Atkinson, whose son in turn inherited, and remarkably the practice continues to this day, currently in the guise of Brierley Groom, making it, according to Wikipedia, "the longest running practice in the United Kingdom and probably the world."
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 20 August, 2002   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 10 April, 2013
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Business, Retail, Services 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 6042 5157 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:57.4021N 1:4.8428W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 6044 5158
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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