The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
The Horse Guards
The constitute a noble and elegant modern structure, consisting of a centre and wings. In the centre are arched passages into St. James's-park, under the principal of which the sovereign passes when he goes in state to the house of lords: it is, however, very low and narrow. On each side of the passages are pavilions and stables for the use of the horse guards; although the edifice is calculated as well for the foot as the horse when on duty. The cupola has but little to recommend it: it, however, serves to break the plainness without weakening the building either in reality or appearance. The wings are not so much ornamented as the centre. They consist of a fine front, projecting a little: in the principal story the windows are ornamented: those on the side are plain. Each wing has a pediment, with a circular window in the middle, and the whole building is equally fine and respectable in its construction. The pavilions in front of the street are occupied by centinels, mounted, who constantly do duty. The expense of this fabric was Within are kept the various offices for the war department.