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Midland Grand Hotel, St. Pancras Station

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Midland Grand Hotel, St. Pancras Station

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Midland Grand Hotel, St. Pancras Station

An architectural masterpiece as designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott. I think it is one of the most notable buildings in London.

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Upgrade on my previous comment. Since the reopening of St Pancras Station as London's Eurostar terminal, I have visited again and can report that William Barlow's train shed looks truly magnificent once more, and that work is carring on night and day to complete the transformation of the former Midland Grand Hotel into the Renaissance St Pancras. Whilst for so many years George Gilbert Scott's facade stood proud but desolate, it is now a hive of activity as decorators, contractors and craftsmen work around the clock, lights blazing all over the building every night. It is literally a renaissance and is now due to reopen, after a gap of 75 years, in 2010.
John Rivers-Vaughan

This magnificent high Gothic revival building was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott (who also designed the Foreign Office and the Albert Memorial) in 1865. It was purpose built as the Midland Grand Hotel, the rear joining Barlow's equally splendid single-span train shed. Though initially a flourishing hotel, by 1935 it was no longer suitable for its original use, and for nearly 50 years was headquarters of British Transport Hotels, which included Gleneagles. Since the 80s it has stood empty - empty but admired, for it was effectively saved from demolition in the 1960s by the late Poet Laureatet Sir John Betjeman and was subsequently Listed Grade 1. As part of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Terminus, the rail part of which opens next year (Barlow's shed now restored), Scott's masterpiece will reopen in 2009 as the Renaissance St Pancas Hotel, with the grand rooms and staircase fully restored, the upper floors as private apartments and new hotel rooms added to the rear. I toured 'St Pancras Chambers' as the empty hotel has recently been known, in 2005, and was deeply impressed; especially of note is the curved Dining Hall, the wonderful Grand Staircase, and the drawing room which is built across the West Front. For me as a fan of Gothic architecture and particularly of Scott's works, this is tremendously exciting and I hope to be at the re-opening if at all possible. Sir George Gilbert Scott was the grandfather of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott who designed Southwark power station (now the Tate Modern) and the iconic Battersea power station.
John Rivers-Vaughan

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