Lowther Lodge

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Coordinates: 51°30′05″N 0°10′31″W / 51.5013°N 0.1754°W / 51.5013; -0.1754

Lowther Lodge designed by Richard Norman Shaw

Lowther Lodge is a house in South Kensington, London, England, immediately south of Hyde Park, which has housed the Royal Geographic Society since 1912.

History[edit]

Lowther Lodge was designed by Richard Norman Shaw and built between approximately 1872 and 1875. The client was William Lowther, an MP who was a nephew of the Earl of Lonsdale, the head of the Lowther landowning family of Westmorland and Cumberland.

After Lowther died in 1912 his son sold the house[1] to the Royal Geographical Society, which converted it into its headquarters, commissioning extensions from G. L. Kennedy and F. B. Nightingale in 1928 to 1930, which included the Society's lecture theatre. A further extension, including a new exhibition space, reading room and storage area for the Society's collections, was completed in 2004.

Architecture[edit]

It is an important example of Victorian Queen Anne architecture, with gothic influences.

The building is also notable for having one of the first passenger lifts in a private house. It is a Grade II* listed building.[2]

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