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Saint Pancras Station. Frontage

Saint Pancras Station. Frontage
More properly called Saint Pancras International, now that it has become the London terminus for Eurostar trains to and from Paris & Brussels. This is the Euston Road frontage of the station, and was built as the Grand Midland Hotel, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, and dates from 1873. The station itself is behind the hotel, and was designed by William Barlow and Rowland Ordish, and is a little earlier. A good example of Victorian High Gothic, Scott was clearly influenced by Continental architecture, and there are echoes of Italy, Flanders, and France about the structure, which in the end, was quite appropriate!

The building had a chequered career, going from glory to oblivion, and in the 1960's British Railways proposed demolishing the whole structure and building a shopping centre on the site! There was a public outcry, and a campaign to save the building, led by the architectural historian, Sir Niklaus Pevsner and the Poet Laureate of the time, Sir John Betjeman, was successful, and it continued in use until the start of an £800 million restoration in 2002. It re-opened in 2007, when services to Paris and Brussels were transferred from Waterloo International. Taken on a dull, cloudy day last December.

Canon Digital Ixus 960is, 7.7-28.5mm Canon zoom lens. Photo-finished in Gimp

Ulrich John, beverleyplaya, Holden Richards, ╰☆☆June☆☆╮ and 4 other people have particularly liked this photo


7 comments - The latest ones
Robert Warren
Robert Warren
Very nice architecture!
2 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Thank you for sharing in Historical & Architectural Gems.
Have a great weekend ;-)
2 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette
Mikeinlagardette
Robert, June,
forgive me, I missed both of your kind encouragements, but many thanks!
2 years ago.
beverleyplaya
beverleyplaya
it is a fine fine building indeed ...
and I like your choice of angle !
21 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to beverleyplaya
Bev, thanks for your kind words!
21 months ago.
beverleyplaya
beverleyplaya
21 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to beverleyplaya
Thanks!
21 months ago.