Elizabethan House Plymouth

The house was built just before 1600, home to merchants and businessmen who wanted to work and sleep by the bustling harbour. In the Victorian period, the property housed up to 58 people at a time before being rescued from demolition and opened as a historic house museum in 1930.

Project Summary

Messenger was awarded the contract for the full conservation and restoration of the existing main house and gardens. The works included:

  • Structural propping to the entire rear section of the building;
  • Oak framing repairs to the existing structure both internally and externally;
  • Repair and replacement to the existing leaded windows;
  • Extensive stone repairs and replacement to the existing substantial boundary walks including the sourcing and working of local Plymouth limestone;
  • Construction of a new modern rear two storey extension to create a staff room and visitors toilet;
  • Landscaping of the rear tiered gardens;
  • Complete mechanical and electrical installation including infrastructure for a separate interactive museum fit out;
  • Traditional lime plastering and full redecoration.

The house is set to be one of the key legacy projects for Britain’s Ocean City!


Plymouth City Council


Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects


74 weeks


January 2021