Another chunky sale has been tucked away at Glebe’s high-profile boutique scheme in Mayfair.
The 3,599 square foot second floor unit at The Mellier, the redevelopment of a former Buick showroom on Albermarle Street, has been sold on a guide of £14.95m, following similarly-sized sales on the first and third floors.
Designed by Eric Parry Architects, the four laterals and grand duplex penthouse made quite the splash when they were unveiled in 2015. The Beaux-Arts building has frontage of more than 80 feet and the apartments were hailed as some of the biggest single-floor offerings in central London, with the highest ceiling heights – ranging from 2.7 to 3.5 metres – of any new Mayfair development in the last 30 years.
The 17,000 square foot six-storey affair was originally built in 1905 as a grand Edwardian mansion for furniture magnate Charles Mellier. Designed by architects Gale, Durlacher & Emmett, Mellier used the massive rooms and 25 metre eight window frontage onto Albemarle Street as both a home and as a showroom for his furniture company (Mellier & Co).
Just a few years after it was built, however, much of the building became a car showroom. Lancia moved in in 1908, and then, from 1920, it became the HQ of Buick and Cadillac dealer to Royalty Lendrum & Hartman (the Prince of Wales’s two motors pictured below). The building became known as Buick House, with swish motors showcased on the ground floor; doors, seats and interior samples displayed on the first floor and offices on the upper floors. The head of Lendrum & Hartman, a Captain F. W. Hartman, had a flat on the top floor. After WWII, the building became a Volvo showroom and then got converted into offices.
Glebe bought The Mellier building in 2011, winning planning consent for conversion to five lateral residences in March 2012. Eric Parry Architects designed the entrance foyer, interior layouts and remodelled the rear façade, while Sally Mackereth of Studio Mackereth was responsible for interior design.
Savills and Knight Frank have been in charge of sales.