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    Default Round XXXVII - Topic 4

    Topic 4: Victorian Architecture

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    Default St Pancras: interior of the Midland Grand Hotel


    St Pancras: interior of the Midland Grand Hotel Back in the early 1960s, high Victorian architecture was widely considered to be hideous, fit only for demolition. Many key buildings were lost. Next in line, the highest of high Victorian, were the smoke-blackened, sinister turrets of underused St Pancras, right next to dour old King’s Cross. With the railways long since nationalized and passenger numbers falling, what need for such duplication? So, in 1966, a merged station was mooted; the wrecking ball was readied.
    By then, however, the tide was turning. The Beatles and the Kinks loved Victoriana, as did the cuddly poet and conservationist John Betjeman. St Pancras was duly listed as a Grade I building, on a par with the Tower of London. But, having saved it, nobody knew what to do with it. For decades.
    Now look. St Pancras has had £800m spent on it, and is set to become the most important station in the UK. Britain’s world-class engineers, Arup, have been instrumental in the whole thing, and are shareholders in London and Continental Railways, which has built the line, the new stations, everything. The red-brick turrets of the old station hotel, designed by George Gilbert Scott at his most outrageously camp, are being converted back into a hotel and multimillion-pound apartments. Judicious additions to the old building are done in knowing reference to - and sometimes outright imitation of - the Scott style.

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