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Description: The Waldorf Hotel
Date Listed: 20 July 1971
English Heritage Building ID: 208538
OS Grid Reference: TQ3061980985
OS Grid Coordinates: 530619, 180985
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5127, -0.1191
TQ 3080 NE and 3081 SE CITY OF WESTMINSTER ALDWYCH, WC2
60/19 ;73/4 (North side)
20.7.71 The Waldorf Hotel
Nos 11 to 43 (odd)
Grand Hotel. 1907-08 by A.G.R. Mackenzie. Portland stone cladding early
steel frame, slate roof. Ambitious Edwardian grand hotel design developing
Phipps's French pavilion manner at the Carlton though not as markedly
Parisian in its Gabriel inspired details as Mewes and Davis; part of the
Aldwych-Kingsway development forming the centrepiece of symmetrical
composition with the Strand and Aldwych Theatres q.v. 7 storeys including
mezzanine and attic storey plus 2 tiers of dormers in steep mansard. The
front following Aldwych curve 15 windows wide. Central and pavilion-wing
entrances, with canopies, in plain, channelled ground floor - and -
mezzanine podium. 3 main storeys above, with architraved windows,
articulated by giant order of Ionic columns in antis between the 3-bay
pavilion wings where pilasters are used for the giant order. The 5th floor
reads as deep frieze with bar relief panels between the windows. Main
entablature surmounted by stone urns, the attic storey set back between the
pavilion wings which have 2 storeyed attics and square French domes. Lower
tier of stone dormers pedimented, upper tier as lead framed oeil de boeuf.
Lead dressings to ridges. Interior is one of the only Edwardian grand
hotels to retain its central top-lit Palm Court; lavish "Adelphi" suite to
north and restaurant to east with colonnades, circular "Charter" room at
lower level - all in Dixhuitieme taste with trelliswork to Palm Court; cast
plaster architectural mouldings and sculpture produced by such workshops as
Messrs. George Jackson and Sons, etc.
Listing NGR: TQ3059880978
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Source: English Heritage
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