Allen bought the lease of this house in 1727 and straight away began to improve it.
Both the flat-topped facade to the left of the picture and the much more elaborate
free-standing extension to the right were built for him, perhaps by premier Bath
architect John Wood the Elder. The carved pediment, huge Corinthian columns, and
big, round-headed window of the extension make up an inspired bit of infill, which
you can see if you peer through the space between the adjoining structures.
I worked on the conservation of the decoration. A large amount of the decorative
carving was exfoliating and I modelled leaves and other decorative elements in lime
stucco on ceramic armatures. I think this may have been a Nimbus or Strachey contract
I can not remember now.