Left: Museum Lodge. Right: Closer view of entrance, gate piers with attached reconstructed gas-lamps, and gilded gates. There are matching shields on the side of the entrance porch and upper part of the gate pier. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

Museum Lodge, on Museum Street, is a Grade II listed building designed by George Fowler Jones (c.1818-1905), who designed the Club Chambers opposite. Born in Aberdeen, Jones had practised in Scotland before developing his large practice in York. The listing text dates this ashlar building to 1874 and its wrought- and cast-iron gates, and stout gate piers, to 1879. With "crow-stepped gable and embattled circular tower" (listing text), it can fairly be described as "delightful" and, though something of a folly, "far superior to the same architect’s Club Chambers opposite" (Pevsner and Neave 226). It stands at the main entrance to Museum Gardens, the Yorkshire Museum and the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. The Gardens and Museum were the property of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, founded in 1822, and the lodge was used by the Gatekeeper. Since 1961 there has been free public entrance to the Gardens, but the Lodge is still used by the Society.

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Photographs and text by Rita Wood 2020, and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee. [You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web project or cite it in a print one.]


"The Lodge and attached gate piers." English Heritage. Web. 17 March 2020.

"George Fowler Jones." Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Web. 17 March 2020.

Pevsner, Nikolaus, and David Neave. Yorkshire: York and the East Riding. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002.

Created 16 March 2020