Documents associated with: White House, lease
Record 26 of 44
System Number: 04057
Date: 15 May 1878
Author: George Vulliamy
Recipient: Edward William Godwin
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M328
Document Type: ALS
METROPOLITAN BOARD OF WORKS.
SPRING GARDENS, S. W.
15 May 1878
Mr Whistler's House
My dear Sir,
I personally inspected this House on the first of this month & found hardly anything done as regards the additions agreed to be made to the Elevation[.] I had another inspection [p. 2] made yesterday & have the report before me which states that slow progress is made in these additions
I will report to the Com[mitt]ee on Monday & await orders
Mr Whistler has no reason to complain[,] he has acted all through in a most unbusiness like way [p. 3] in progressing with the Works without authority from the Board & in direct violation of the Conditions for letting the land to him which he signed
E Godwin Esqre Archt
2. Edward William Godwin
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more]. Godwin was the architect of the White House, JW's studio house at Tite Street, then in the process of construction.
3. additions agreed
The London Metropolitan Board of Works objected to the austere facade designed by Godwin. The Board withheld the lease on the land until JW and Godwin devised some additional decorative details for the street elevation of the house; these are the additions referred to here. Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more], claimed that the matter was in hand but Vulliamy was emphatic during his visits that the Board's requirements were met (see B. E. Nightingale to E. W. Godwin, 3 May 1878, #04297).