Dorchester House

Park Lane, London

Built in 1853, for Robert Stayner Holford (1808-1892), M.P., and his wife, Mary Anne Lindsay (1829-1901). His vast fortune was established by his grandfather who built a canal into London providing the capital with fresh water. The house was designed by Lewis Vulliamy (1791-1877) in the Italianate style, following in the fashion of Osborne House. In 1905, the Holford's son rented the house to the U.S. Ambassador, Whitelaw Reid (1837-1912), when it was dubbed the "American Embassy". In 1929, it was demolished and the Dorchester House Hotel was built in its place.

This house is best associated with...

Whitelaw Reid

Whitelaw Reid, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom & France etc.



Contributed by Mark Meredith on 28/04/2019 and last updated on 01/10/2019.


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