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Latitude: 51.5071 / 51°30'25"N
Longitude: -0.1416 / 0°8'29"W
OS Eastings: 529072
OS Northings: 180320
OS Grid: TQ290803
Mapcode National: GBR DF.CX
Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.HDH0
Entry Name: The Ritz Hotel
Listing Date: 10 March 1965
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1226499
English Heritage Legacy ID: 423822
Location: Westminster, London, W1J
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 George, Hanover Square
Church of England Diocese: London
TQ 2980 SW CITY OF WESTMINSTER PICCADILLY W.1
81/65 (south side)
The Ritz Hotel
Grand hotel. 1906 by Mewés and Davis, their first major London commission.
Norwegian granite and Portland stone cladding one of the earliest steel frames.
Green slate roof. Very much a Parisian design, of rue de Rivoli and Place Vendome
derivation, with typically enlarged yet restrained Beaux Arts detailing. 6 storeys
and 2 tiers of dormers in steep mansard. Podium-ground floor channelled arcade over
pavement, the semicircular arched openings with carved bearded and female head
keystones. Arched openings behind, with late C20 shop fronts,flanking main entrance.
Upper floors,with central and flanking 5 bay pavilions framed by channelled pilaster
strips,have 1st and 2nd floor windows linked by through-storey architraves with
enriched cornices over 2nd floor; segmental arched flat surround 3rd floor windows
with carved head keystones; Louis XV style iron window guards. Mutule cornice over
4th floor; balustraded parapet to set back attic storey; applied pediments to attics
of pavilions. Ornamental leadwork cresting roof ridges. Similar details to return
elevations to Green Park and Arlington Street where there is a wrought iron and
glazed canopied entrance. Richly gilded Louis XV interiors with convincing detailing
executed with splendid panache, concentrated in the central Fountain Court and in
the Restaurant at the Green Park end of the axial promenade-corridor.
Listing NGR: TQ2907280320
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