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Description: Dorchester Hotel
Date Listed: 16 January 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 423006
OS Grid Reference: TQ2831480330
OS Grid Coordinates: 528314, 180330
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5073, -0.1525
TQ 2880 SW CITY OF WESTMINSTER PARK LANE, Wl
79/33 (east side)
16.1.81 Dorchester Hotel
"Grand" hotel. 1930, the structural frame by Sir Owen Williams but
the elevations by Curtis Green. Monumental hotel building faced in
"art" stone. Modernistic rather than International Modern with small
scale restrained use of "jazzy" decorative motifs derived from the
1925 Paris Exhibition. Principally of 10 storeys with stepped back
terraced attics. Concave entrance facade to south of 5 bays and long
Park Lane return with recessed range above ground floor and 3 bay end
blocks. Concave angles to corners with 6-storey bronze and glass
oriels; "bronze" finished casements. The "jazzy" waved or zigzag
patterns are used for the shallow between-storey and parapet friezes.
The entrance facade has continuous balconies across 3rd and 7th
floors. Apart from some original motifs in the entrance hall and
reception the interiors have been redecorated in the late C.20. An
innovatory feature of the structural design is the use of seaweed
sound insulation in the floors and partitions.
Listing NGR: TQ2831480330
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Source: English Heritage
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