Design for a block of studios and studio-flats, Chelsea, London

M339 Design for a block of studios and studio-flats, Chelsea, London

Address: Upper Cheyne Row, Chelsea, London
Date: 1920
Client: Arts League of Service
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)
1920
31 March: Mackintosh advises Ana Berry to make an offer of £1850 for the Cheyne House site, and is instructed by her 'to prepare a general scheme of studios & flats' for the 'Garden site of Old Cheyne House'. 1
9 April: Mackintosh delivers a set of plans of 'Old Cheyne Studios' to Berry. 2
24–30 April: Mackintosh obtains costings for building the studio block in reinforced concrete. 3
22 June: Mackintosh records in his diary that W. E. Clifton, surveyor to the Glebe of Chelsea, 'still maintains that my elevations are not architectural enough and must be more elaborate.' 4
30 June: Berry tells Mackintosh that the sum offered for the site has been accepted. 5
13 December: Mackintosh records in his diary that 'Mr Clifton approved provisionally of proposed Studio Block in Old Cheyne House Garden.' 6
20 December: Mackintosh records in his diary: 'Permission having been given by Archdeacon Bevan to proceed with the work Miss Berry returned one set of plans along with estimate and statement of accommodation. It was left to me to proceed with plans for Mystery House and get grant if possible.' 7
1922
December: Mackintosh shows drawings of Three Chelsea Studios and the Arts League of Service block in an exhibition of contemporary British architecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects. 8

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: Architectural Review, 53, January 1923, pp. 26–31.