Pro­lific ar­chi­tect’s at­ten­tion to de­tail

Yorkshire Post - Property - - STRUTT & PARKER -

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.

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