A long-delayed Georgian rescue in Dalston Lane

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THIS HANDSOME house in Dalston Lane stands next to a first-floor postwar mash-up connected to the other mostly good-looking sections of the terrace.

Marlow House at No 160 has been left to decay for years but now the grade II-listed building is to be restored in accordance with English Heritage stipulations.

The look of the EZi-Mart horror will be made cleaner and redesigned to pay some allegiance to the rest of the terrace. 

Seema Dass told Loving Dalston that Marlow House had been in her family for 13 years. It would  be restored to a high standard.

She said: “It is being converted to two maisonettes, which will be let, one with a rear courtyard garden and the other with the front garden.”

Rear parking might be possible and undercover cycle would be included.

Architect George Athanasi said the project had involved five years of discussion with official bodies and consultation with a conservation architect. He did not know the origin of the name Marlow House, although he believed it had been used in the 1800s as a refuge for women.

It is a separate project from the audiovisual Blue Studios at the rear of 160 that Loving Dalston reported earlier this week.

Marlow House, No 160, this week © DA
Re-working: Marlow House, No 160, this week

At the southeast end of the lane just west of Spurstowe Terrace is a columned terrace, unfortunately painted cream yet still imposing.

Further along at the T junction with Cecilia Road is a terrace of impressive understatement, and further east, past the Graham Road junction and on the south side from Queensbridge Road to the 1960s-style defunct council library are more Georgian houses with Victorian shopfronts.

Some of these houses are in ruins, victims of mysterious fires.

A long campaign by Open Dalston to save them has, sadly, resulted in bland renovation suggestions after years of council indecision, the same dithering that led to the demolition in 2007 of a saveable 1898-opened theatre, now crassly commemorated by performers’ names on a series of Barratt tower blocks.

On the other (north) side of the Georgian terrace, behind the little public garden, is another terrace in various states of repair. This could now be the area’s best-looking Georgian terrace.

If more No 160s occur, perhaps the street will regain its beauty after years of official indifference.

Hamish Scott 111013 

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