23 July 2013: 4 Brabant Court - one of the finest examples of early-18th century architecture in the City of London – will open to the public for the first and only time this September during Open House London, which takes place on 21-22 September 2013.
4 Brabant Court dates back to 1710 and is one of the few remaining Georgian properties to remaining standing within the City of London. The four storey building, which is owned by London’s leading serviced apartment provider Marlin Apartments, was painstakingly restored from a dingy office space to its former glory as a merchant’s house last year.
Now the epitome of Georgian elegance, 4 Brabant Court sits on a small cobbled square off Philpot Lane and adjacent to the towering ‘Walkie-Talkie’ building at number 20 Fenchurch Street. Earlier this month, it was crowned winner of the 2013 City Heritage Award – a highly prestigious award that is presented annually to the best refurbishment project in the City. The 35-year-old roll call of previous winners includes St Paul’s Cathedral, The Monument, Temple Bar and St Bartholomew’s Hospital West Wing.
The restoration of 4 Brabant Court was undertaken by architects D’Arcy Associates, contractors PHI Construction and designer Jackie McWeeney. The original room layouts featuring early 18th century panelling have been restored and the house is furnished with original period furniture, paintings and prints. The project was overseen by Marlin Apartments managing director Susan Cully, who uses the property as her residence as well as for client entertaining and meetings.
She said: “Renovating, restoring and returning 4 Brabant Court to the majestic building it once was has been a joyful and rewarding experience for everyone who worked on the project. I am truly lucky and honoured to call such an impressive building ‘home’ and I’m looking forward to opening the doors of 4 Brabant Court during Open House London in September so that others can also enjoy it.”
4 Brabant Court will be open to the public by appointment only on Saturday 21 September 2013. Guests will be able to speak to architect Damien D’Arcy who will be available to answer questions throughout the day.