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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: 1145937



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

County: Dorset

District: Weymouth and Portland

District Type: District Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 12-Dec-1973

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 467553

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SY6878NW ESPLANADE 873-1/24/116 (West side) 12/12/73 Nos.29 AND 30 Rex Hotel with boundary railings, Clarence Buildings (terrace)


Formerly known as: Nos.11 AND 12 ESPLANADE. Pair of houses, now hotel. c1840. For the Duke of Clarence. Portland stone ashlar front, Flemish bond brickwork return, slate mansard roof. PLAN: building returns to St Alban Street to the right, and, although presented as 2 houses, with differing boundary enclosures, the layout is as for one grand house, with 2 principal salons and an off-centre lobby, and the staircases to the left, running along the party wall. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, attic and basement, 6 windows; flat-roofed dormers with C20 casements above 12-pane sashes in moulded stone architraves, on continuous sill band, above deep 15-pane in architraves, opening to a balcony on cast-iron brackets, with full-width scrolled wrought-iron balustrade, returned at the ends and centre. Ground floor has large 12-pane in channelled rustication, and to the basement are 3 large 6-pane and a pair of French doors, in full rustication. In bay 4 at ground floor, on 6 stone steps, is a pair of panelled doors with side-lights and in fluted pilasters, with moulded transom and delicate patterned fanlight to a segmental head with channelled voussoirs. A moulded stone cornice, returned briefly at the ends, and the blocking-course is cut down in front of each dormer light. Gables are raised and coped, with one ashlar and one brick stack to the right. The rear is part cement rendered, with a projecting unit with asbestos- cement slate-hanging; the S half has a large brick extension, but also a 28-pane stair sash. INTERIOR: the inner lobby door repeats the pattern of the main entrance doors, with panelled pilasters. Ground floor has a principal salon to either side, with moulded cornices. There remain many original 6-panel doors in architraves. The grand staircase lies to the left, rear, rising full-height under a fine elliptical rooflight with radial lead-covered iron bars, and a modillion cornice ceiling. The stair is in Portland stone, with open string and treads with nosings, plus cast-iron balustrade. Immediately behind lies a second, service staircase, which has a concave slate-hung outer wall

at roof height, facing the rooflight to the main stair. The basement, in use as a restaurant, retains wine-racks to either side. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: across the area frontage to the left half is a stone balustrade with 4 square piers, and a gate to area steps, and to the right half are original spearhead cast-iron railings, returned to the entrance door and at the right-hand end to a curved gate to area steps. This is a grand house, although apparently presented as 2 properties, with only the one principal staircase. Interior has undergone minimal changes.

Listing NGR: SY6807678870

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National Grid Reference: SY 68078 78876


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