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Description: Crown Public House
The London Hippodrome Theatre
Date Listed: 9 January 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 209098
OS Grid Reference: TQ2993480839
OS Grid Coordinates: 529934, 180839
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5115, -0.1290
TO 2980 NE CITY OF WESTMINSTER CHARING CROSS ROAD, WC2
71/60 (West side)
9.1.70 The London Hippodrome
Theatre and No 43 (Crown PH)
(including Nos 7 to 10
consec, Cranbourn Street)
Theatre block including shops, chambers and the Crown P.H. at No. 43. 1895
to 1900 by Frank Matcham. Red sandstone, leaded and slated roofs. Ornate,
freely handled French Renaissance with theatrically Baroque skyline.
Island block of 5 storeys. 5 bays wide to Charing Cross Road, canted
corner and 8-bay return to Cranbourn Street. Pub front and shops and
canopied corner entrance to theatre on ground floor. Balustraded 1st floor
with windows flanked by volute-like caryatids. Shallow canted bay windows
through 2 floors above. Sill, string courses and cornices with balustraded
parapet broken by 2 shaped pediments, that to Cranbourn Street central but
off centre to Charing Cross Road where the small end pavilion retains its
cupola. The canted corner, its upper floor windows obscured by large
hoarding, is finished off by an openwork metal cupola appropriately,
given the theatre's name, supporting a quadriga . The parapets were also
originally crowned with gladiatorial statues. The interior with arena form
auditorium much altered.
Survey of London; Vol. XXXIV.
The Theatres of London; Mander and Mitchenson.
Listing NGR: TQ2993480839
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Source: English Heritage
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