02.12.2016 - The worlds oldest philatelic association is looking for a new home
(wm) The Royal Philatelic Society of London (RSPL) is finally getting down to brass tacks: in the near future it will leave its London home at Devonshire Place 41, which became operational in 1925. For twenty years the RPSL has been looking for a new and larger home. The present building, which was erected just before the end of the 18th century, had to be renovated. This would have amounted to a cost of millions of pounds and a long closure of the premises. Renovation would not have helped: the current building is too small for housing the museum of the RSPL, its collections and its constantly growing libraries. It offered little technological comfort, although the around 2,500 members from all over the world definitive appreciated the "old-style" charm of the rooms.
The RPSL building has a business value of six to seven million pounds sterling. This is because it is close to Harley Street in Marylebone, a very popular residential area. The RPSL assumes that it can buy a much larger building, elsewhere in London, with the proceeds of the old building.
The president of the association, Frank Walton, commented: ‘Each member will have his or her own tender memories of our Marylebone home. But the amount of support for the request to find a new home was overwhelming.’
And now the search can begin. It will not be easy, because a two-to-three-storey building that is much larger than the previous one is desired. Good traffic connections and in a good condition are also required. Perhaps a property from the Victorian era, with much flair and historical charm, can be purchased, but a solid state of the building will be necessary.
Picture: the corner building of the Royal Philatelic Society London (entrance left) at Devonshire Place 41 (photo: Philafrenzy)