Midland Grand Hotel

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The Midland Grand Hotel was built by Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, it is one of the best examples of high gothic architecture in the country and yet struggled to make a profit eventually falling into disrepair in the 1930’s.

Now called the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel the grand hotel is restored in all it’s glory and was reopened on 5th May this year (2011) some 138 years to the day after the original Midland Grand Hotel opened in 1873. The east wing opened first which was followed by the rest in Spring 1876.

The hotel was by any standards luxuriously expensive with costly fixtures like the grand staircase, rooms with gold leaf walls and a fireplace in every room, but the building also had a raft of innovative features like hydraulic lifts, concrete floors, revolving doors though none of the guest rooms had bathrooms – that was yet to come.

The interior looks beautiful and appears to have kept many of it’s original features (take a look at the images)

Eventually the hotel was taken over by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1922, before closing in 1935. The building was renamed St Pancras Chambers and used as offices for British Rail.

In the 1980s it failed fire safety regulations and was shut down. The exterior was restored and made structurally sound at a cost of around £10 million in the 1990s and in 2004 planning permission was granted for the building to be redeveloped for it’s original use and long may it remain.

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2 thoughts on “Midland Grand Hotel

  1. Wonderful. I think the reason so many original features have survived is that British Rail did not have the money to “modernise” (thank goodness!). Reading articles of this period BR always seemed completely mystified by the interest shown by victoriana enthusiasts for this wonderful edifice. There was a general scorn amongst the “savants” for victorian architecture.The Albert Memorial and St.Pancras came in for the worst derision and after the tragic demolition of Euston Station and the removal of Brunels doric arch, St Pancras was next on the list. Thanks to public outcry ( i took part in a door to door signature campaign) the plans were shelved and we have this wonderful gothic extravaganza fully restored to its former glory.
    Thankyou for a beautifully constructed and.informative blog!

    • Hi Philip

      Sorry I haven’t replied thus far…I am taking time out to study. I will be posting about and around Xmas…glad you like the blog and thanks for your comment 🙂

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