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Albany House (Melbourne House) (York House)

  • Built / Designed For: 1st Lord Melbourne

    House & Family History: Frederick, Duke of York (son of George III), purchased Melbourne House, as it was then called, in 1792 and changed its name to York House. It 1803 Henry Holland remodeled the house into apartments for city bachelors, a function it continues to serve today (now allowing women) under the name The Albany. Graham Greene and Edward Heath lived in apartments here. A chimneypiece designed by James Paine for Melbourne House was moved to Renishaw Hall in 1803, where it remains today.

  • Architect: James Paine Sr.

    Date: 1773
    Designed: Chimneypieces for 1st Lord Melbourne

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    Architect: William Oldham Chambers

    Date: 1771-74
    Designed: House for 1st Lord Melbourne

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    Architect: Henry Holland

    Date: 1803
    Designed: Remodeled House and converted into apartments

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  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 724
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Architect King: George III and the Culture of the Enlightenment, The
    Author: Watkin, David
    Year Published: 2004
    Reference: pg. 98
    Publisher: London: Royal Collection Publications
    ISBN: 0902163508
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Blue Guide: London
    Author: Woodley, Roger
    Year Published: 2002
    Reference: pg. 228
    Publisher: London: A&C Black
    ISBN: 0713648899
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: No Park

  • Past Seat / Home of: Peniston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne, 18th century. Frederick, Duke of York, late 18th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Corporation

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Flats / Multi Family

    Ownership Details: The Albany is today an apartment building.

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No