Noel Coward's digs in London's Chelsea section, where he resided and wrote many of his songs and plays between 1930-56, has been deemed a historical-architectural landmark. Renaissance-man Coward, author of poetry and such plays as Private Lives and Design for Living , and songs including "Don't Put Your Daughter on the Stage," left England in 1956.
The Associated Press reported (Oct. 7) that the owner of the home, at 17 Gerald Road, sought the designation, which was announced Oct. 6 by Arts Minister Alan Howarth. The designation means special permission must be granted for any physical alterations of the home.
Coward, who died in 1973, reportedly had a rehearsal stage, paneling, wrought ironwork and a staircase added to the apartment when he lived there.
-- By Kenneth Jones