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Royal Society of Sculptors, Dora House

Repair and replacement of balconies

The Royal Society of Sculptors is an artist-led membership organisation. The rear of the building is a pair of early Georgian villas but the ornate front dates from 1885 to provide a grand and imposing studio for Victorian court photographers, Elliot and Fry. The architect was a young Scot, William Flockhart, whose design intended to reflect the end of the 16th and early 17th centuries. The building is red brick with a pair of steep, Flemish style gables and tall leaded light windows. Inside, the two ground floor rooms have plaster ceilings, stone fireplaces and strapwork panelling. A north-light studio was described as "one of the most architecturally perfect studios in London". In 1919, the sculptor Cecil Thomas (1885-1976) moved in, making Dora House his home and studio.

A conservation study in 2018 identified 117 urgent external defects. Both stone balconies were fully replaced, as well as repairs undertaken regarding their ironwork and repainting which HOLT funded.

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