It was a Palladian mansion, which was built to designs by William Kent to replace an earlier house on the site which had been destroyed in a fire in the early 18th century (before purchase by the Duke of Devonshire it has been known as Berkeley House). It had a main block and two flanking service wings. An austere exterior concealed sumptuous interiors, which housed the bulk of the Devonshire art collection, which was one of the finest in the United Kingdom. Some of the pictures are now at Chatsworth House, but many were sold in the 20th century, some of them to pay death duties.
In 1897, the house was the location of a massive ball to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. The guests, including Albert Edward, Prince of Wales and The Princess of Wales, all dressed up in fancy dress for the occasion.
After the First World War many aristocratic families abandoned their traditional London residences. Devonshire House was sold to developers and a hotel and a block of flats were built on the site. The building fronting Piccadilly, now offices, is called Devonshire House. It was the headquarters of the War Damage Commission during the Second World War.
Devonshire House, the tony pre-war conversion in Greenwich Village, has just released its last penthouse.(HAVE YOU HEARD ...)(Brief article)
Mar 16, 2011; DEVONSHIRE HOUSE, the tony pre-war conversion in Greenwich Village, has just released its last penthouse. Located at 28 East 10th...
An 8,625 s/f retail condominium, located in Greenwich Village on the ground and cellar levels of Devonshire House, a classic pre-war residential building at 28 East 10th Street, is on the market priced at $10.9 million.(Agents)(Brief article)
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