Ref NoRC/21
TitleQueen Alexandra's House
DescriptionQueen Alexandra's House originated in 1883 when Sir Francis Cook gave £30,000 for building a hostel to accommodate girl students attending institutions on the South Kensington Estate. The 1851 Commissioners co-operated in the plan by offering a site (South West of the Royal Albert Hall) at a nominal rent. The building, which with its equipment ultimately cost Sir Francis Cook £60,000, was opened in 1887 and provided living accommodation, including Concert Hall, Practice Room, Gymnasium, etc. for 94 girls attending the Royal College of Music, the Royal College of Art or the constituent colleges of what is now Imperial College. A scheme for the management of the House was prepared with the approval of the 1851 Commissioners who granted a lease of 999 years from 1894 at a rent of £5 a year. The House continues to provide accommodation for female students.
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