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IoE Number: 448647
Photographer: Alan Bamforth LRPS
Date Photographed: 11 October 2004
Date listed: 17 July 1989
Date of last amendment: 17 July 1989
Grade II

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The following building shall be added to the list.ST 7564 NWORANGE GROVE19/1850Empire Hotel

The following building shall be added to the list. ST 7564 NW ORANGE GROVE 19/1850 Empire Hotel GV II Hotel. 1900-01 by Major C E Davis for hotelier Alfred Holland. Bath stone ashlar, internal steel work, roofs of Bridgwater tiles and lead. Large L shaped block with octagonal corner tower, in a muted Jacobean style. Six main storeys with attics and double depth basement, the corner tower is seven storeys. Eight bays to Orange Grove, nine bays to the east (river) front with further bay canted on the corner. Tall ground floor with mullion and transom windows and decorative cast iron canopy to main entrance. First floor has 3 light mullion and transom windows and a four bay loggia across the centre with balustraded balconies. Second floor has pedimented windows. Third and fourth floors plain windows, all 3 light mullion and transom. Heavy cornices divide each floor and there are strip pilasters between each window. Sixth floor has a very varied roofline. Paired gables to left with decorative plasterwork. Central bays have large shaped gable with six single light windows separated by pilasters, and two more in the attic floor above. Each face of the corner tower has a two light mullion and transom window, upper floor with Baroque Columns supporting only block entablatures. Parapet to tower. East front has another large shaped gable and a plain but double sized gable. Single storey kitchen range in the angle of the L.City's medieval Eastgate attached on north side. Interior: Basement contains much structural steelwork by the Glengarnock Company. Rolled steel joists on cast iron columns spanning the many difficult corners of the site. The extent of the steel- work is not known. Boiler room with the two original heating boilers dated 1901. The public rooms on the ground floor are very little altered except decoratively. The Dining Room in a subdued Greek manner has two marbled Ionic columns; Greek architraves and fire surrounds with overmantels. Entrance hall has two Corinthian columns, a coffered ceiling and a French Renaissance type fire-place. Original reception desk and revolving doors in store in the basement. Jacobean style staircase with fine joinery and Rococo Plasterwork on the walls. Joinery and plasterwork largely complete in Drawing Room and Bars. The staircase rises the full height of the building. The first floor has grand suites and these retain joinery and fireplaces, the original bathroom fittings are in store in the basement. The bedroom floors above are much plainer but again almost unaltered. The whole building shows a remarkable survival of the original design and planning of a grand turn of the century hotel in which the purpose of almost every room is still recognisable. The hotel had clearly never had an overhaul when requisi- tioned by the Navy in 1939. It has a very strong group value with the surrounding listed buildings, a number of which are also by Major Davis who was the Bath City Architect and it is a powerful factor in almost all views of the city.

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