© Mr Kieran Morris LRPS
SELFRIDGES STORE, 400 OXFORD STREET W1 (north side)
WESTMINSTER, CITY OF WESTMINSTER, GREATER LONDON
Mr Kieran Morris LRPS
28 September 2001
05 February 1970
Date of last amendment:
05 February 1970
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TQ 2881 SW CITY OF WESTMINSTER OXFORD STREET, W1
55/52 (north side)
5.2.70 No 400 (Selfridges Store)
Department store. The eastern 10 bays built first (1907-09) and whole
range completed 1928; by Francis Swales, Frank Atkinson, Daniel Burnham
(as consultant) and J.J. Burnet. Stone clad steel frame; concealed roof.
Vast building occupying entire block. Uncompromising, American commercial
Beaux Arts design, on the theme of a giant colonnade. Podium ground
floor, 3 storeys contained in giant order and attic storey. 21 bays wide.
Central main entrance and the plate glass display windows, with bronze
trim, all articulated by short pillars with cartouche and garland
enrichment to corner piers. The giant colonnade has engaged Ionic columns
with enriched fluted shafts and terminal antae; the window bays fully
glazed in tripartite bronze-finish metal frames, the floor levels screened
by moulded bronze-finish panels; the centre, above is slightly recessed so
that the framing columns are freestanding; between them, surmounting the
entrance, is a huge 11 foot high enamelled bronze figure and clock, by
Gilbert Bayes. Attic storey with enriched cartouche panels. Enriched
bracketed and dentilled crowning cornice and balustraded parapet.
Identical return elevations. Interior has lost much of its original
decoration but one set of lifts retains enriched gilded metal panel
Edwardian Architecture; Alistair Service.