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Celebration of Napoleonic success in Egypt
Of a style in vogue after Napoleon’s campaign in Egypt of 1798, The Egyptian house dates from about 1835. The front elevation is very similar to that of the former Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly, designed in 1812 by P. F. Robinson. Robinson or Foulston of Plymouth are the most likely candidates for its design, though there is no evidence to support the claim of either. It was built for John Lavin as a museum and geological repository.
No photograph or drawing can depict the astonishing and eccentric elevation of the Egyptian house. We much appreciated the furniture and delighted in the witty Egyptian motifs.
There are 3 apartments. The first floor with a narrow oval staircase to negotiate, accommodates up to 3. The second and third floors accommodate up to 4 people each in double and twin rooms.
Bought by The Landmark Trust 1968, its colossal façade, with lotus bud capitals and enrichments of Coade stone, concealed two small granite houses above shops, solid and with a pleasant rear elevation, but very decrepit inside. These were reconstructed into three compact apartments, the highest of which has a view through a small window of Mounts Bay and St Michael’s Mount, over the chimney pots of the city.
Penzance itself is a handsome and lively town, easily accessible by train as well as by road.