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Oceanic House, Westminster

Description: Oceanic House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 1 December 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 209299

OS Grid Reference: TQ2987580429
OS Grid Coordinates: 529875, 180429
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5079, -0.1300

Location: A4, Westminster, London SW1Y 5 SW1Y 5BL

Locality: Westminster
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: SW1Y 5BL

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Listing Text

No. 1 (Oceanic House)


Headquarters office block. 1903-06 by H. Tanner junior. Portland stone on
steel frame, leaded roof. Interesting early Neo-Mannerist design with
Greek and Baroque motifes. 3 main storeys but with a large boldly modelled
"top hamper" of 3 storeys of attics. 5-window wide entrance front and
5-window splayed returns to Cockspur Street and Pall Mall East. Large
square headed central doorway and full length windows to ground floor,
architraved bronze casements to 1st and 2nd floors, where they are square,
dominated by 3-bay centrepiece of giant 3-storey engaged column portico
with Ionic capitals of modified Bassae-French neo-classical design; the
outer bays, with "French" apron panels vertically linking windows, flanked
by simplified Doric pilasters carrying entablature broken over portico
where it is surmounted by balustrade. The 3 storeys of attics are of more
complex design with 2 storey pedimented flanking aedicule pavilions
surmounted by set-back attic storey with cornice and blocking course; the
centre piece over portico is emphasised by a 2 storey full width rusticated
"Diocletiant" and the attic storey rising above it with quoin pilasters has 3
keystoned oculi with balustraded parapet with pedimented central "Doric"
panel crowning the whole. Return elevations similar but with pilaster
giant order throughout instead of columns to first 3 storeys; slight
mannerist variants to fenestration of outer bays and enclosed porches with
corniced doorways to far ends.

Survey of London; Vol. XX.

Listing NGR: TQ2987580429

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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