The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
Built in the reign of queen Anne, at the expense of It is a very stately brick edifice, ornamented with stone, and built in a peculiar style. The front is very extensive, the wings on each side are decorated at the quoins with stone rustic work. The top was originally finished with a ballustrade, but that has been since altered, and the story is now crowned with an attic raised above the cornice. A small colonnade extends on the side of the area next the wings; the opposite side of the area is occupied by sundry offices.
When this structure was finished, the late duchess of Marlborough intended to have opened a way to it, into Pall-mall, directly in front, as is evident from the manner in which the court-yard is formed; but sir Robert Walpole having purchased the house before it, and not being on good terms with her grace, she was prevented from executing her design.
The front next the park resembles the other; only instead of middle wings, there are niches for statues; and instead of the area in front, there is a descent by a flight of steps into the gardens.
The interior corresponds with the exterior; and the furniture is exceedingly magnificent. It is at present the residence of prince Leopold, of Saxe Coburg.
Nearly opposite is the