Studio-house for Harold Squire, Chelsea, London

M338 Studio-house for Harold Squire, Chelsea, London

Address: 49, Glebe Place, Chelsea, London SW3 5JE
Date: 1920–1
Client: Harold Squire
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)

Colour photograph of Glebe Place elevation of Harold Squire's studio

1920
8 January: Harold Squire instructs Mackintosh 'to prepare sketch plans of proposed Studio and dwelling in Glebe Place'. 1
12–26 January: Squire considers initial sketch plans and asks Mackintosh 'to proceed with necessary drawings'. 2
23 March: Plans given to quantity surveyor. 3
12 May–1 June: After consultation with his sister, Mrs Evelyn Claude, Squire asks Mackintosh to reduce the cost of the studio to £6000. 4
12–14 June: Squire asks for a one-storey building costing £4000. 5
15–16 June: One-storey scheme costing £4353 approved by Squire. 6
23 June: Permission received from Borough Surveyor to demolish old buildings on site. 7
25 June: 'Work started on Squire's studio.' 8
5 July: Work halted until purchase of site is finalised. 9
16 September: Mackintosh records in his diary that plans have been approved by London County Council. 10
27 September: Work has started on clearing site. 11
7 October: Plans approved by Special (Building Control) Committee of London County Council. 12
20 October: Sheet of plans, sections and elevations stamped by Holloway Brothers, builders. 13
20–24 November: Squire asks Mackintosh to add an upper storey to the studio, at a cost of about £650. 14
8 December: Drawing of roof-top addition approved by William E. Clifton, Surveyor to the Glebe of Chelsea. 15
1921
Autumn: Squire first appears in the Voters' Register at this address, indicating that the building was completed earlier the same year. 16
1924
Upper floor added to front block by Ruscoe Bros & Co., builders, not to Mackintosh's design. 17

Notes:

1: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Mackintosh's diary for 1920, GLAHA 52408.

2: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Mackintosh's diary for 1920, GLAHA 52408.

3: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Mackintosh's diary for 1920, GLAHA 52408.

4: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Mackintosh's diary for 1920, GLAHA 52408.

5: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Mackintosh's diary for 1920, GLAHA 52408.

6: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Mackintosh's diary for 1920, GLAHA 52408.

7: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Mackintosh's diary for 1920, GLAHA 52408.

8: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Mackintosh's diary for 1920, GLAHA 52408.

9: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Mackintosh's diary for 1920, GLAHA 52408.

10: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Mackintosh's diary for 1920, GLAHA 52408.

11: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Mackintosh's diary for 1920, GLAHA 52408.

12: London Metropolitan Archives: LCC/MIN/12576.

13: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: GLAHA 41655 (M338-023).

14: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Mackintosh's diary for 1920, GLAHA 52408.

15: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: GLAHA 41659 (M338-028).

16: Alan Crawford, 'Lost and found: architectural projects after Glasgow', in Pamela Robertson, ed., C. R. Mackintosh: The Chelsea Years, 1915–1923, exhibition catalogue, Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 1994, p. 10 and n. 29.

17: London, Kensington Central Library: original drainage plan for 49 Glebe Place, BE/A1054.