002/100 – Elm Lodge, Hampstead

2, Elm Row, Hampstead - c. 1732
Elm Lodge, Hampstead – c. 1732

We spotted this rather lovely building on a recent stroll around Hampstead. You trip over buildings like this in the area; there’s so many different styles and eras to look at and be surprised by.

Elm Lodge caught my eye because of the sweeping staircase which leads to the suspended main entrance. The ‘below stairs’ front door is intriguing, and the steps are unnecessarily elaborate. The building itself is stout, and with its scattering of bricked-up window bays, it is asymmetrically symmetrical. I love it.

Pevsner’s describes it as having “five bays with a projecting centre,” and notes that the main entrance is at first floor level. I was surprised to read that the building dates from around 1732. The front steps were added in the 1930s.

Elm Lodge is grade II* listed.