Tite Street

Tite Street is a street in Chelsea, London, England, just north of the River Thames. It was created in 1877, giving access to the Chelsea Embankment. The street has been a favoured and fashionable location for people of an artistic and literary disposition in the past.

Tite Street is named after the architect William Tite. He was a member of the Metropolitan Board of Works, responsible for the construction of Chelsea Embankment to the south of Tite Street and some railwaystation-buildings.

During the 18th century, Gough House stood on the eastern side of the street. It became a school in 1830 and then the Victoria Hospital for Children in 1866. The hospital moved to St George's Hospital, at Tooting in south London, and the original building was demolished in 1968. The site is now occupied by St Wilfred's convent and home for the elderly.

River House in Tite Street was designed by the church architect Thomas Garner (1839-1906).

Famous occupants

The following people have lived in Tite Street:

* No 31 (residence) & 33 (studio):
** John Singer Sargent, American portrait painter [http://jssgallery.org/resources/Photos/Places/Tite_Street.htm] .
* No 33:
** James McNeill Whistler, artist [http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/vmtours/chelseawalk/vm_cw_titestreet.asp] .
** Augustus John, artist [http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/vmtours/chelseawalk/vm_cw_titestreet.asp] — intermittently between 1940 and 1958.
* No 34:
** Oscar Wilde, writer [http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/wilde/pva223.html] — now with a blue plaque.
* No 35:
** Whistler instructed E. W. Goodwin to build the White House here, but due to his bankuptcy after his legal case with John Ruskin, he was never able to occupy it; the building was demolished in 1968.
* No 44:
** Frank Miles, portrait painter
** Oscar Wilde, writer [http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/wilde/pva223.html] who moved in to this house, built for Miles, before later renting No 34 himself.

External links

* [http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/vmtours/chelseawalk/vm_cw_titestreet.asp Chelsea Walk — Tite Street]
* [http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/vmgallery/general/medium.asp?gallery=vm_chelsea_walk&
* [http://www.londontown.com/LondonStreets/tite_street_b4b.html LondonTown information]
* [http://jssgallery.org/other_artists/Max_Beerbohm/31_Tite_Street.htm No 31 Tite Street] by Max Beerbohm

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