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Charing Cross Station Hotel, Westminster

Description: Charing Cross Station Hotel

Grade: II
Date Listed: 8 April 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 427794

OS Grid Reference: TQ3022680479
OS Grid Coordinates: 530226, 180479
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5082, -0.1249

Location: 29 Villiers Street, Westminster, London WC2N 5 WC2N 4JF

Locality: Westminster
Local Authority: Westminster City Council
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: WC2N 4JF

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Listing Text

TQ 3080 NW and SW CITY OF WESTMINSTER STRAND WC2
72/200; 83/17
Charing Cross
8.4.87 Station Hotel
GV II
Railway terminus grand hotel. 1863-64 by E. M. Barry, the attic storeys
rebuilt over front in 1930s. Stock brick with relatively early example
of extensive use of artificial stone for dressings and facings, manufactured
by Blanchard's; flat terrace roofs to 1930s part. Rich, eclectic, 2nd Empire and
mixed Renaissance details dressing a palatial pile with a profusion of aedicule
motifs; the 1930s stepped attics have pavilion massing with aedicules to ends
of elevation, recalling original French pavilion roofs and their attic
windows. 5 storeys plus 2 attic storeys; Villiers Street return with >
double basement (due to slope) and retaining dormered attics. 3-window
wide pavilions flanking central range of 12 windows. Arcaded ground floor
to main range under-altered canopy. 1960s hotel entrance to left pavilion,
retaining granite columns and windows with coupled lights on 2nd and 4th
floors, the latter semi-circular arched. Pierced work enriched balustrade
to 1st floor balcony with vases capping dies, entablatures with pseudo-
parapets to floors above with ornamental stone balconettes and pierced
work or cast-iron balustrades. The pavilions have glazed, timber, barrel-
vaulted "winter garden" loggias over entrances; upper floors have tripartite
pilastered or columned loggia screens in front of deep set windows, channelled
quoin piers and enriched entablatures. Similar details to Villiers Street
return but range between pavilions enriched on upper floors with windows set
in Corinthian engaged colonnades. Interior despite alterations retains grand
staircase and rich Italianate plasterwork to Dining Room on 1st floor with
Corinthian column screens and the "winter garden" loggia, etc
Immediately following Barry's own Cannon Street Hotel and the Knowles's
Grosvenor, the Charing Cross Hotel was a leader in the grand hotel boom
of the 1860s, with 214 rooms.


Listing NGR: TQ3022680479

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

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.




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