A Home Full of History and Character in a Victorian School Building

A Home Full of History and Character in a Victorian School Building

beautiful brickwork and symmetry of a Victorian School Building

I love a good conversion. You know by now that I am addicted to looking for homes I’ll never inhabit, and pouring over floorplans of houses I cannot afford. This stunning two-bedroom apartment in a former Victorian school building is a case in point. I was attracted at first by the location. Hackney. I know it well. I grew up not far from this neighbourhood and I’ve been watching its gentrification with awe. If only I had stayed put and invested in that area. I might now be able to afford this.

A Victorian School House conversion into a luxury apartment

A Victorian School House conversion into a luxury apartment

And then I was intrigued by the fact that it’s located in an old school. Buildings that had a former purpose are always so full of history and character. Something that is just missing from new houses. And then I was stunned by its elevation. Just look at that beautiful old brickwork. And gables. And the railings, and symmetry of the windows and roofline! In fact the original building was the West Hackney Parochial School and was built in 1837 as two large halls that housed the girls’ wing to the west and the boys’ wing to the east. The building was later used as a church hall (when the original Robert Smirk designed church was bomb damaged in WW2), a social hall and a snooker house. Most recently, its name had been changed to Grange Hall and it was being used as a warehouse for rare transistors and electrical fittings. And now if you have £800,000 in the bank it can be yours.

A Victorian School House conversion into a luxury apartment

A Victorian School House conversion into a luxury apartment

The Details

Undeniably the inside is just as stunning. The architects, Nissen Richards, have been careful to retain many stunning original features with a well thought out floorplan over three floors. The main living space and kitchen is at the ground level of the house to make use of the courtyard garden. On the middle floor is a double bedroom and a family bathroom. The second bedroom is on the second floor and has an additional mezzanine platform which would make a lovely office space. For me!

A Home Full of History and Character in a Victorian School Building

The hand-built British Standard Kitchen is by Plain English and is painted with Little Greene’s ‘Obsidian Green’. The kitchen also features a thick Carrera marble worktop with oversized splash back. Features I would choose myself and that look right at home here.

A Victorian School House conversion

Flooring throughout is lightly smoked and waxed engineered oak floors with underfloor heating.

A Victorian School House conversion into a luxury apartment

A Victorian School House conversion into a luxury apartment

Available to buy via Aucoot.

Photography by Alexis Hamilton for British Standard Cupboards

*Please note that images of bedrooms and bathrooms are from ‘The Folly’ but are of the same spec*

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18 Comments

  1. Reply

    Kate

    June 9, 2017

    Oh I love seeing inside old buildings that have been renovated – so interesting to see how original features have been retained and/or updated! This place has been styled beautifully too – love that rug/chair combo in the living room x

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      deardesigner

      June 9, 2017

      I think you really could say I’m obsessed with them. My search on Rightmove and any other site has ‘character’ well and truly ticked. xx

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    Geraldine

    June 9, 2017

    What a lovely conversion. It looks like a bright and light space

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      deardesigner

      June 9, 2017

      I think it’s probably the light that makes it special. Well that and everything else too. xx

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    Stephanie

    June 8, 2017

    What a stunning place, I am off to pin some of these as they are stunning images of an amazing place.

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      deardesigner

      June 9, 2017

      I agree. Been pinning like mad myself. 🙂

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    Karen - Making Spaces

    June 8, 2017

    Oh wow. What a special conversion. It really is gorgeous isn’t it? Love that little reading corner with the church window. So nice. I wonder what colour they’ve used on the walls, it’s such a lovely neutral!

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      deardesigner

      June 8, 2017

      Not sure what colour it is Karen, but you’re right, it’s lovely. x

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    Stacey Sheppard

    June 8, 2017

    You really do have a knack of finding the most amazing properties Carole. Have you ever thought of becoming a professional house hunter, helping people to find their dream homes? You’ve found mine at least 3 times recently! If only I had the budget!

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      deardesigner

      June 8, 2017

      I would LOVE to do that Stacey! Haha x

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    Maxine Brady

    June 8, 2017

    WOW there is so much to love about this house. I’m tempted to go for large marble tiles on my next kitchen design – love them

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      deardesigner

      June 8, 2017

      Me too. Less detail. More attention to quality finishes. x

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    Hannah Trickett

    June 8, 2017

    i really love this property, what charm and light too. so stunning

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      deardesigner

      June 8, 2017

      That’s the word Hannah. Charm. Sums it up perfectly x

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    Old Fashioned Susie

    June 7, 2017

    I love those armchairs in the living room! The whole place is stunning

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      deardesigner

      June 8, 2017

      It’s lovely isn’t it. I spend far too much time looking at estate agent sites 🙂

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    Lucy

    June 7, 2017

    Beautiful house. So spacious. I can see why you’ve fallen for this!

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      deardesigner

      June 7, 2017

      It’s lovely isn’t it Lucy. Half of me wants to live in the country and the other half wants to live in the city x

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