Portland Square, Lake District Home

Private period home, restored to former glory.






Restoration, Interior, Domestic

Built between 1862 and 1878, this vast private home underwent an internal restoration and external uplift. It involved overhauling period windows, re-slating main roof planes, repairing dormer windows and the stone frontage. Internally, all rooms underwent extensive renovation over a period of 12 months, bringing the building back to a habitable family house with a fully functioning basement office suite.
The scope of internal work involved alterations to the main floors including removal of all remaining fixtures from previous conversions. Despite excellent preservation of key period features such as the impressively large, glazed cupola and elaborate staircase, many cornices had disappeared. Fortunately, remaining cornices and missing features were replicated and restored. This particular house had an important role to play in the history and social status of Carlisle, resulting in the uplift character of this Conservation Area.

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