Charles Edmund Peczenik - Grosvenor Square, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 30.662 W 000° 09.002
30U E 697757 N 5710507
Quick Description: This plaque is located in the south east corner of Grosvenor Square.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/27/2011 1:53:07 AM
Waymark Code: WMD6JC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member miatabug
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Long Description:
This blue plaque has some white leaf scrollwork at the top and bottom. In between, the text reads:
"Charles Edmund Peczenik / 1877 - 1967 / Architect / lived here".

An internet search shows that Peczenik was involved in the re-building of Grosvenor Square from 1926.


It is, no doubt fortuitously, appropriate to the slightly artificial character of inter-war 'traditionalism' that the personal genesis of this instance of it was not homespun but French. Billerey was Beaux-Arts-trained; and, as it happens, the first and most faithful executant of his design among the lessee-entrepreneurs was Charles Peczenik, a Cambridge-educated engineer-turned-estate-developer who was himself a native of Paris and had studied under the architect René Sergent. (Peczenik's involvement in rebuilding in the Square had begun at No. 48 in the 1920's and continued into the 1950's.)

Blow approved Billerey's scheme for the north side in December 1932, after arranging for Rex Whistler to draw a perspective to recommend it to the Duke. The Estate agreed to pay half the cost of the extra stonework required by Billerey's design at the centre and ends of the range, and the building of flats at Nos. 19–21 and at No. 18 under leases to Peczenik, with first T. H. F. Burditt and then R. W. Barton as his executant architects, proceeded in 1933–5. Their separate construction as two units was at Peczenik's wish.

Text source: (visit link)
Blue Plaque managing agency: Unknown

Individual Recognized: Charles Edmund Peczenik

Physical Address:
48 Grosvenor Square
London, United Kingdom

Web Address: [Web Link]

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