Mary Ward House

Summary

Mary Ward House is a grade I-listed building and conference centre in Bloomsbury, in London, England. It was the headquarters of the National Institute for Social Work Training, part of the settlement movement. Built between 1896 and 1898, the building is located on Tavistock Place, between Tavistock Square and Marchmont Street.

Mary Ward House
Mary Ward House, London-6069026235.jpg
Ward Ward House, as viewed from Tavistock Place
General information
TypeConference centre
Architectural styleArts and Crafts
Address5-7 Tavistock Place
Town or cityBloomsbury
London, WC1H 9SN
CountryUnited Kingdom
Coordinates51°31′31″N 0°07′39″W / 51.525207°N 0.127383°W / 51.525207; -0.127383Coordinates: 51°31′31″N 0°07′39″W / 51.525207°N 0.127383°W / 51.525207; -0.127383
Construction started1896; 126 years ago (1896)
Completed1898; 124 years ago (1898)
Website
https://www.marywardhouse.com

The building was listed on 7 April 1960 under the name 'The National Institute for Social Work Training and Attached Railings and Gates'.[1] It is named after Mary Augusta Ward, who part-funded the building (most of the funding coming from Passmore Edwards). The building was designed by Arnold Dunbar Smith and Cecil Claude Brewer and is considered to be a masterpiece of late Victorian architecture[2][3] and is considered to be one of the best Arts and Crafts buildings in London.

It is not to be confused with the current Mary Ward Centre building. The Mary Ward Centre was once based at 5-7 Tavistock Place, but moved to nearby Queen Square and also named its new building after Mary Ward.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL WORK TRAINING AND ATTACHED RAILINGS AND GATES". Historic England. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  2. ^ "The Mary Ward Settlement". cityoflondon.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  3. ^ Article on the Architects, with portraits of them Archived 2008-02-09 at the Wayback Machine. (accessed 24 February 2008).