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Charing Cross Station Hotel

A Grade II Listed Building in City of Westminster, London

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Latitude: 51.5082 / 51°30'29"N

Longitude: -0.1249 / 0°7'29"W

OS Eastings: 530226

OS Northings: 180479

OS Grid: TQ302804

Mapcode National: GBR JF.3H

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.SCB3

Entry Name: Charing Cross Station Hotel

Listing Date: 8 April 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1236707

English Heritage Legacy ID: 427794

Location: Westminster, London, WC2N

County: London

District: City of Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: St James's

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Martin-in-the-Fields

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

72/200; 83/17
Charing Cross
8.4.87 Station Hotel
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

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