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156-162, Oxford Street W1

A Grade II* Listed Building in City of Westminster, Westminster

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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

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1357395

English Heritage Legacy ID: 422460

Location: Westminster, London, W1D

County: Westminster

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

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(north side)
57/19 Nos. 156 to 162
21.8.75 (even)
- II*
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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