Nov 25th, 2010 | | Government | 4 Comments

10 Downing Street

Patrick Baty has worked on a number of projects at 10 Downing Street

10 Downing Street in London is the official residence and office of the British Prime Minister.

Number 10 was originally three houses. In 1732 King George II offered them to Sir Robert Walpole, who accepted them as a gift to the office of Prime Minister. Walpole commissioned William Kent to join the three houses together.

I have carried out various colour and paint technical advice projects here. My company Papers and Paints has supplied much of the paint.

I have written on the significance of front door colours.

A short film clip from 1938 showing Government ministers arriving at No 10 Downing Street:


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Comments (4)

Colour RepublicNo Gravatar » 12. May, 2011

So the big question (and one that has driven me mad for years), Who makes the paint for the famous door (or rather for both of them)?

PatrickNo Gravatar » 12. May, 2011

I have no idea, but it looks very like a sprayed cellulose finish.

Robin VaughanNo Gravatar » 28. Jan, 2018

Do you know what paint colour was used on the Downing Street staircase please? Many thanks!

PatrickNo Gravatar » 28. Jan, 2018

I don’t, I’m afraid. I have been up and down the staircase several times. It’s not a Papers and Paints’ colour, but we do have colours like it.