Just across the road from St Paul’s Cathedral and down the wee side street of Dean’s Court you will find Carter Lane and here you will discover the old St Paul’s Cathedral Choir School. I did a drawing of the old school in January and a client asked me to develop it to a watercolour as a commission.
The school remained here until 1967 when it was moved to a new building, presumably so the choristers didn’t get run over by the ever increasing traffic storming up and down Ludgate Hill.
Although it is no longer the choir school it is a fine example of how a building can be usefully reused rather than being simply demolished as much of our unique architectural heritage currently is.
It now serves its time as a Youth Hostel and must be the loveliest Youth Hostel in all England.
This structure was built in 1874 though it is very much in keeping with the style of the Cathedral and has a distinct Italian Baroque feel about it. It is in a narrow street although I have painted it standing back a bit so you can take more of it in. I love it, you could easily imagine this building tucked away down a back street in Florence or Sienna. Do have a look at it if you have the time.