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Description: Former New Scotland Yard Norman Shaw North Building
Date Listed: 5 February 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 207390
OS Grid Reference: TQ3028179813
OS Grid Coordinates: 530281, 179813
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5022, -0.1244
TQ 3079 NW CITY OF WESTMINSTER VICTORIA EMBANKMENT SW1
Former New Scotland Yard
5.2.70 Norman Shaw North Building
Metropolitan Police old headquarters. 1887-90 by Richard Norman Shaw with R.
Dixon Butler. Red brick and Portland stone banding and dressings above granite
podium, slate roofs. Flemish and English Baroque details, marking Shaw's
transition to his grand manner with a "defensive" note added by the corner
tourelles, the granite podium and four-square massing around central court.
4 storeys, basement and 3 tiers of dormers in steep roof. 9 bay wide elevation
plus corner tourelles. Entrance by south east corner of south front with large
semicircular arched portal in Baroque rusticated surround with engaged rusticated
columns and large broken segmental pediment. Plain square headed mullioned-
transomed recessed casements to podium. 2nd and 3rd,floors have architraved
mullioned-transomed small pane casements with cornices on 1st floor and segmental
arched with keystones on 2nd floor, the 2nd floor windows to Embankment with
segmental pediments. The tourelles are deeply corbelled as bartizans with
finialed cupola domed roofs. Deep corbelled eaves cornice. The north and south
fronts are flanked by attic storeys surmounted by distinctive large gables
elaborated with broken segmental pediment aedicules and obelisk finials. The
Embankment front has blind single storey wings projecting from ground floor and
linked by tall cast iron railings screening forecourt. Attached to Embankment
elevation is a portrait roundel bronze of Shaw by Hamo Thornycroft.
Richard Norman Shaw; Andrew Saint
Listing NGR: TQ3028179813
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Source: English Heritage
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