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© Ms Judy Goodsell

IoE Number: 380288
Photographer: Ms Judy Goodsell
Date Photographed: 27 August 2001
Date listed: 08 January 1959
Date of last amendment: 30 December 1994
Grade II*

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BRISTOL ST5773SE QUEEN'S ROAD, Clifton 901-1/9/959 (North East side) 08/01/59 Victoria Rooms and attached railings and gates (Formerly Listed as: QUEENS ROAD (North side) Victoria Rooms) GV II* Assembly and concert hall. 1839-41. By Charles Dyer. Carving by Jabez Tyler. Limestone ashlar, slate roof. Open plan. French Neoclassical style. 2 storeys; 6-window range. A fine and wide symmetrical front has a large octastyle Corinthian portico 2 bays deep, to a frieze, modillion cornice and pediment with a carving of 'Dawn' in the tympanum, and CHARLES DYER, ARCHITECT 1840 inscribed to the left. Flanking wings have paired Corinthian pilasters to a frieze and modillion cornice, with 2 blind windows with architraves and console cornices, linked by a full-width sill band. Recessed centre has a massive doorway with battered architrave with bronze medallions and a console cornice, plate-glass overlight and metal grille, to 2-leaf C20 door, and smaller doorways each side. The returns have a 5-window section with architraves and console cornices to windows with mid C20 glazing bars and a sill band, and plain basement windows, and a rear section with a raised hexastyle-in-antis attached Corinthian portico, frieze and cornice, and attic in 3 sections, the middle one raised and set back with patterned panels; blind windows between. The left return has a mid C20 porch with deep convex jambs, the right return has a large mid C20 single-storey extension. INTERIOR: extensively remodelled c1950; central full-height Octagon with a balcony of bowed cast-iron railings and Doric columns to the drum below a domed ceiling, the Regency Room has period plaster decoration and a rear gallery with decorative panels of musical instruments. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached cast-iron railings between alternate columns of portico have urn finials and diagonal bars, and wrought-iron gates to right-hand entrance with leaves and raised centre. Described by Pevsner as '...a first classic example of the turn from the neo-classical to the style which was at the same time adopted in Paris by the Ecole des Beaux Arts'. Burnt internally in the 1930s and reconstructed by GD Blake and EH Button. A key building in Bristol on a prominent intersection. (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 244; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-).

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