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Latitude: 51.516 / 51°30'57"N
Longitude: -0.1383 / 0°8'17"W
OS Eastings: 529276
OS Northings: 181318
OS Grid: TQ292813
Mapcode National: GBR FB.3Q
Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.K585
Plus Code: 9C3XGV86+CM
Entry Name: 156-162, Oxford Street W1
Listing Date: 21 August 1975
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1357395
English Heritage Legacy ID: 422460
Location: Westminster, London, W1D
Electoral Ward/Division: West End
Built-Up Area: City of Westminster
Traditional County: Middlesex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Church of England Parish: All Saints Margaret Street
Church of England Diocese: London
TQ 2981 SE CITY OF WESTMINSTER 0XFORD STREET W1
57/19 Nos. 156 to 162
Office corner block. 1906-08 by Belcher and Joass. Early example of steel
framed structure, faced with Pentelikon marble, slate roof. Expressive ree
Mannerist use of classical detail elegantly accommodating maximal glazing
advantages of steel frame. 5 storeys (including ground floor and mezzanine
podium), attic storey and stone dormered mansard. 4 bays wide to each front
and splayed corner. Tall Doric columns articulate ground floor and mezzanine
and directly support square panelled pillars that, in turn, carry coupled
columns on which rest wide elliptical arches; the whole framing tripartite
glazing of upper floors with "applied" central architraved openings with
Mannerist cornices and broken pediments set against marble faced aprons,
finished off with 3rd floor lunettes. Projecting cornice below attic storey
finished off with blocking course with stone dormer rising from the centre
of each bay. To be compared with same architects'former Royal Insurance offices
on comer of Piccadilly and St James's and Holden's 429 Strand.
Edwardian Architecture and its Origins; Alistair Service.
Architectural Design; Vol. 48, Nos 5-6, 1978.
Listing NGR: TQ2927881322
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