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Royal Colonial Institute

A Grade II Listed Building in Bristol, Bristol

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Latitude: 51.4585 / 51°27'30"N

Longitude: -2.6091 / 2°36'32"W

OS Eastings: 357779

OS Northings: 173459

OS Grid: ST577734

Mapcode National: GBR C4J.X0

Mapcode Global: VH88M.QLKR

Plus Code: 9C3VF95R+C9

Entry Name: Royal Colonial Institute

Listing Date: 4 March 1977

Last Amended: 30 December 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1219998

English Heritage Legacy ID: 380862

Location: Clifton Down, Bristol, BS8

County: Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Central

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Clifton, St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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901-1/9/1110 (West side)
04/03/77 No.2
Royal Colonial Institute
(Formerly Listed as:
(West side)


Office. Late C19, refaced 1921. Limestone ashlar, roof not
visible. Double-depth plan. Edwardian Baroque style.
3 storeys; 7-window range. An asymmetrical block has an angled
3-section front with a plinth, banded lower 2 floors, frieze,
modillion cornice and parapet. The left-hand section breaks
forward with a 2-storey tetrastyle-in-antis bow of fluted
Ionic columns to entablature blocks and modillion cornice,
with plain ground-floor and scrolled first-floor keys;
inscribed flanking second-floor panels to half Atlas figures
supporting globes inscribed AUSTRALIA and CANADA, 3 windows
between have eared and keyed architraves, and parapet with 3
blind balustrade sections.
The right-hand block breaks forward with single-storey
tripartite entrance flush with the road, a central doorway
with panelled jambs, entablature and parapet, and 2-leaf door,
plain right-hand opening and left-hand window with eared and
shouldered architrave. Upper windows set in 2-storey recess
with a square first-floor and semicircular-arched second-floor
stained-glass stair windows with blocked architrave; similar
panels as the left with globes inscribed INDIA to the left and
AFRICA to the right, beneath an open pediment with the Royal
Coat of Arms carved in the tympanum.
The middle section has plain tripartite windows to the lower
floors, and Venetian to the third floor with pilaster jambs,
cornice and sill blocks.
INTERIOR: a large full-height stair hall with open-well stair,
turned balusters and large square newels with ball finials,
vine-leaf cornices, and pedimented door surrounds.
Possibly built 1876 by McPherson. Occupies a very prominent
city centre site.
(Gomme A: Street Index of Buildings of Architectural or
Historic Interest: 74).

Listing NGR: ST5777973459

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