posted 09-26-2002 11:23 AM
the only carlton house i know in london is the former home of the Prince Regent (King George IV), but that is demolished in 1826 and replaced by the carlton terraces. So i don't think it is teh house you mean.
here is short history of the house (found at http://www.royalinsight.gov.uk/199912/mailbox/ , this website contains also a picture of a gothic conservatory of carlton house)
Q Can you describe the history of Carlton House, King George IV's favourite residence? Does the building exist?
A Carlton House was bought by Frederick, Prince of Wales (George II's eldest son, who died before his father) in 1732; after his death, his widow Augusta Princess of Wales lived there until 1772. George III granted Carlton House in 1783 to his son George, Prince of Wales (the future George IV). The next twenty years saw major transformations under the direction of a series of leading architects of the day such as Henry Holland, James Wyatt, Thomas Hopper and John Nash; changes included the creation of a pioneering scheme of decoration in the Chinese style, and a suite of rooms for the brief occupancy of the Prince's wife Princess Caroline (around 1794-8). Such changes were costly - for example, expenditure during 1784-96 comfortably exceeded £100,000.
From the beginning of his occupancy, George Prince of Wales made Carlton House the centre of social and political life in London: changes in the House's interior decoration reflected a succession of splendid levees, balls and fetes. Many festivities, such as those for the visit of the Allied Sovereigns in June 1814 and in honour of the Duke of Wellington in July of the same year, took place partly in temporary rooms built out into the gardens facing on to the Mall.
Despite all the alterations and improvements, the house never seemed large enough to suit the Prince's expensive tastes. By the time of his accession in 1820, George IV had begun to lose interest in the House, and by 1826 the architect Nash was reporting on the poor structural condition of the building. Late in 1826 the contents were removed and Carlton House was demolished in 1827. The furniture and fittings were divided between Windsor Castle and the greatly enlarged Buckingham Palace. The works of art which made Carlton House one of the most celebrated palaces in Europe shaped the character of the Royal Collection to the present day, and many of those works of art are on public display today.
http://www.georgianindex.net/carlton/carlton.html http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/library/home_carlton.htm http://22.214.171.124/webs/material/InsMaterialUK/www.instmat.co.uk/about/1cht.htm