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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1219835



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Greater London Authority

District: City of Westminster

District Type: London Borough


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 01-Dec-1987

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 209299

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TQ 2980 SE CITY OF WESTMINSTER COCKSPUR STREET, SW1. 82/30 No. 1 (Oceanic House)


Headquarters office block. 1903-06 by H. Tanner junior. Portland stone on steel frame, leaded roof. Interesting early Neo-Mannerist design with Greek and Baroque motifes. 3 main storeys but with a large boldly modelled "top hamper" of 3 storeys of attics. 5-window wide entrance front and 5-window splayed returns to Cockspur Street and Pall Mall East. Large square headed central doorway and full length windows to ground floor, architraved bronze casements to 1st and 2nd floors, where they are square, dominated by 3-bay centrepiece of giant 3-storey engaged column portico with Ionic capitals of modified Bassae-French neo-classical design; the outer bays, with "French" apron panels vertically linking windows, flanked by simplified Doric pilasters carrying entablature broken over portico where it is surmounted by balustrade. The 3 storeys of attics are of more complex design with 2 storey pedimented flanking aedicule pavilions surmounted by set-back attic storey with cornice and blocking course; the centre piece over portico is emphasised by a 2 storey full width rusticated "Diocletiant" and the attic storey rising above it with quoin pilasters has 3 keystoned oculi with balustraded parapet with pedimented central "Doric" panel crowning the whole. Return elevations similar but with pilaster giant order throughout instead of columns to first 3 storeys; slight mannerist variants to fenestration of outer bays and enclosed porches with corniced doorways to far ends.

Survey of London; Vol. XX.

Listing NGR: TQ2987580429

Selected Sources

Books and journals
'Survey of London' in Trafalgar Square and neighbourhood The Parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields Part 3: Volume 20 , , Vol. 20, (1979)

National Grid Reference: TQ 29875 80429


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