The Conversion in 1975 of a Nash Terrace
built about 1812,
When Nash developed Regent's Park in the years after 1811, he created a triumphal entrance route from Westminster, along Regent's Street, down Portland Place, round Park Crescent , across Marylebone Road and into the Park through York Square. Ulster Terrace is one side of York Square.
Ulster Terrace, an engraving of 1820.
The Restored and enlarged Ulster Terrace in 2011
By the 1970s Ulster Terrace, like many of the Regent's houses, was in need of a complete overhaul. The stucco had suffered from years of neglect. There was dry rot, decaying plaster work and a general need of loving care. This Nash terrace is a romantic stage set. Pentagram, the design firm, restored the front elevation, which was listed, and created a completely new and imaginative rear elevation in the same romantic tradition. The architects removed two central chimneys, but otherwise kept to Nash's original front elevation. They were at pains to reproduce the original railing and reinstate every door-case and window frame.
Ulster Terrace. Architect's drawing 1970s
The Architect's drawing of the Elevation, 1970s.
Internally they inserted two extra floors facing the rear of the building to allow a variety of flat sizes, and rebuilt the first and third floors as maisonettes. The rear elevation, which faced over old mews property, was not listed, so they could create a completely new rear facade. Today each floor projects beyond the one below and the centre ones beyond the side ones, so that all floors were enlarged to a greater of lesser extent. The floor space must have been increased by about a third without having affected the listed fronts, in an area where floor space is extremely valuable.