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The Grosvenor Gallery power station by Bond Street, London W1
The Grosvenor Gallery is now at Ryder Street near Green Park. it was set up in 1960 by Eric Estorick. This however this is not the original gallery that was once in Bond Street. This was set up by Sir Coutts Lindsay and showcased radical artwork.

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Drawing of Sir Coutts Lindsay of Balcarres – Vanity Fair Feb 1883

It opened in May 1877 and a review of the gallery was created by Oscar Wilde. The Grosvenor was mooted as an alternative to the other London art galleries. It was said to be of just the right size so as to maintain displays that would impress greatly upon vistors long after they had seen the artworks there, and in that respect it earned the label it had claimed for itself, as a ‘palace of art’.
The gallery was one of the first places to use electricity power – its own. It proved so popular other places wanted its electricity too so Sebastian Ferranti was brought in to develop a distribution network across Central London. This is acknowledged as the first ever electricity grid hence Ferranti is known as the father of the National Grid.
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Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti. Source:

The power station opened in 1883. Its role was short-lived when electricity generation was moved to a new power station at Deptford in 1887. The gallery itself closed in 1906.
After 1887 the power station became an electricity sub-station and still remains in use today, much modified.
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The Grosvenor Gallery’s generators. Source: Caroline’s Miscellany

There is nothing unique or remotely of architectural interest regarding this building, however the fact it was built for an art gallery is what counts. The building itself is clearly an unusual pastiche of several generations of design and construction materials.
The exterior has been refaced substantially however there is some old brickwork whilst the doors are quite old for they still show ‘Lodge Road’. Clearly these doors were in put into use when the power station at St John’s Wood existed. So this is a building with elements from Victoria’s time, the 1960’s, 1990’s and the 21st Century.
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The side of the Grosvenor sub-station nearest to Bond Street

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The doors at Grosvenor substation showing the references to Lodge Road

The sub-station is located in Blomfield Place, W1, just off Bond Street, to the rear of Sotheby’s, located near Grosvenor Hill.