A listed house in Belgravia, London, which once housed Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and American businessman Henry Ford II, went on sale for Â£ 23 million ($ 31.45 million).
The property consists of a primary residence at 93 Eaton Square and an interconnected two-bedroom mews house, according to the listing published by Beauchamp Estates last week. The main residence was given an official Blue badge 1969 because of its historical importance as the former residence of Baldwin (1867-1947).
In total, the property comprises 7,489 square meters of living space with three reception rooms, six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and two kitchens, according to the listing.
Baldwin and his wife Lucy bought the house in 1908 before becoming Prime Minister in 1923. He would hold the office for two more terms, 1924-29 and 1935-37.
In the large main reception room and the adjoining dining room, Baldwin had entertained politicians such as Winston Churchill, Neville Chamberlain and the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, according to Beauchamp Estates.
Baldwin sold the house after his retirement in 1937. In the early 1980s, Henry Ford II (1917-87), the eldest grandson of the founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford and former CEO of the automaker, and his wife, Model and Photographer Kathleen DuRoss bought the house, the realtors announced.
They commissioned the architect Jeffrey Smith and the design house Colefax & Fowler to renovate and decorate the interior of the house in an English country house style. When Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stepped down in 1990, Mrs. Ford loaned the house to Thatcher and her husband Denis until they bought their own house in nearby Chester Square in 1991, the listing says.
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Ms. Ford died in 2020 at the age of 80. Important collections in this residence, as well as her Palm Beach, Florida home and English country house, Turville Grange in Buckinghamshire, were auctioned off at Christie’s earlier this year.
The property has a courtyard garden and garage, and the stable building has potential for expansion, according to Beauchamp Estates.
“This blue plaque residence at 93 Eaton Square was the Belgravia home of two legendary Prime Ministers … and the London home of one of America’s most famous dynasties,” said Gary Hersham, founding director of Beauchamp Estates, in a statement. “With expansion and renovation, a new super prime residence could be created, which could significantly increase the current value of the property.”
This article originally appeared in Manor Global.