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The Bloomsbury Hotel (formerly YWCA Club)

Gazetteer No. G0471

Date 1928

Address Great Russell Street London, Greater London WC1B 3NQ England


A bland Neo-Georgian façade but with a subtly balanced rhythm of windows. On the Great Russell Street front there are four rows of tall windows which contrast with six rows at the rear. There is a double storey Concert Hall on the first floor. Note the splendid carved stone entrance door case and an imaginative use of alternating stone and brick at the side entrance. In front is a wrought iron balcony, the patterns, very typically, based on semi-circles. (Amery et al, 1981, Cat no.191)

Less disruptive is the tall but chaste composition of the YWCA on the s side, by Lutyens, 1930-2. Brick with stone dressings, with a big Neo-Early Georgian portal. Four storeys with basements and attics. The tall windows in front light an entrance hall with con- cert room above. Large hall in the back wing. On the first floor near the centre a library, and a chapel lit by two Diocletian windows at the sides. (Cherry & Pevsner, 1998, pp.322-3)


Amery, C., Richardson, M. and Stamp, G., (1981) Lutyens, the Work of the English Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944): Hayward Gallery London, 18 November 1981 – 31 January 1982. London: Arts Council of Great Britain.

Cherry B & Pevsner N (1998) LONDON 4: NORTH. The Buildings of England. New Haven: Yale University Press.

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