Prolific architect’s attention to detail
IT’S not every career that can boast the design and build of 40 bridges, 110 finely-built homes, 11 churches, four hospitals, four racecourse grandstands, one of the first-ever shopping centres and a lunatic asylum.
Yet the architect behind Garforth House on Micklegate, for sale with Savills, managed to squeeze all of this in to his life’s work. Yorkshire-born John Carr was also the brains behind Harewood House, York County Court House and Constable Burton Hall.
Garforth House was built by John Carr in 1755-7 and has a stunning five-bay, three-storey front in red brick with sash windows across the face of the building. There are numerous period features in the interior such as a richly decorated front room with touches of Rococo in the frieze. The main staircase is lit by a Corinthian Venetian window in an arched recess which allows light to flood in. The saloon at the back of the property on the first floor also has a rare fruit, flowers and musical instruments Rococo plaster ceiling. It is on the market for £1.25m. Tanya Coffey of Savills, says: “Garforth House is an impressive Georgian building overlooking the cobbled street of Micklegate – one of York’s most notable streets. The property has recently been used as offices, yet it has potential for restoration into bespoke flats or even back to its former glory as a huge townhouse.”
Paul Fairhurst from Savills Commercial, which specialises in the office market, adds:
It has potential for restoration into bespoke flats or even back to its former glory as a townhouse.
“There is a shortage of quality freeholds in York and Garforth House would appeal to a professional firm looking for an imposing building with strong character.”
John Carr paid meticulous attention to every stage of the construction and made sure each project, including Garforth House, was built to last.
Details from Savills, York. Tel: 01904 617820.