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Oct 18th, 2010 | | Commercial premises | Recent projects | 2 Comments

88 Dean Street, Soho

Patrick Baty sampled the paint on the 18th century shopfront at 88 Dean Street, Soho

No 88 Dean Street dates from 1791. The first occupant was a Thomas Norman whose trade is not known: he was succeeded by ‘Widow Norman’ in 1792.  The shop front is the one noteworthy feature of the building.

Twenty-seven decorative schemes were found by me on the fascia. The first scheme was a pale stone colour in an oil-based paint. Many stone- coloured paints follow this until a sequence of brownish red layers in the nineteenth century.  The shop front seems to have been painted every eight years on average.

Patrick Baty carried out the analysis of the Georgian shopfront ay 88 Dean Street, Soho.

Cross section under reflected and UV light

See a short slideshow of the work.

88 Dean Street - After the repaint
Following the repaint – Olive colour on the shop front and Timber colour on the shop windows

88 Dean St - Reglazing - copyright David Bieda

Signwriting with gold leaf - copyright David Bieda
Signwriting with Gold Leaf

Signwriting - copyright David Bieda

I have also sampled another couple of early shopfronts – 56 Artillery Lane and 58 Artillery Lane. The findings in all three cases was remarkably similar. A nineteenth century one in Scotland has also been analysed.

In 2011 the Dean Street project was Joint Winner of the Georgian Group Architectural Awards for the Restoration of a Georgian Building in an Urban Setting.

The BBC featured the restoration on the News and a clip can be seen HERE.

A film clip of a fire in Dean Street in 1935:


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Ann Eckerat BrownNo Gravatar » 08. Nov, 2011

This is a fabulous page. Want to see every new addition.

PatrickNo Gravatar » 08. Nov, 2011

How kind, Ann. I try and update my site regularly, so keep your eyes open.