S. Pancras Station
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Architect William Henry Barlow
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Location London, England, U. K.   map
Date 1864 - 1868   timeline
Building Type railway station, train station
 Construction System brick masonry walls, iron frame roof
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Victorian
Notes With R. M. Ordish. 74 meter clear span train shed.


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Discussion S. Pancras Station Commentary

"S. Pancras Station, London, like Paddington, was conceived independently of the (former) Midland Hotel and offices fronting it. The train shed, by the engineer William Henry Barlow in conjunction with R.M. Ordish, is the largest and most spectacular of the High Victorian period, being a single span of 74 m (243 ft), rising 30 m (100 ft) high in a slightly pointed wrought-iron arch. The total length is 213 m (700 ft). At the base, the arched vault is secured by rods 76 mm (3 in) in diameter under the platforms."

—Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. p1122, 1126.

"Its 243-foot span was not an exceptional dimension for bridges, as we know, but for an interior it was extraordinary, especially extended in depth to form the widest and largest undivided space ever enclosed. The skeletal transparency of the ferrovitreous vault added a futuristic, magic dimension to the stunning space, especially as the vault was made to spring from the platform level where the passenger stood."

—Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p472-3. DF.

Sources on S. Pancras Station

Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slides from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1834.053. PCD.2260.1012.1834.049 .

Howard Davis. Slides from photographer's collection. PCD .1536. PCD .1536. PCD .1536.

Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 19th ed, John Musgrove, ed. London: Butterworths, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. LC 86-31761. NA200.F63 1987. 720'.9. p1125C. discussion p1122, 1126. — The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at Amazon.com

Michael Raeburn, ed. Architecture of the Western World. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1980. ISBN 0-8478-0349-x. LC 80-50659. NA200.A73. sectional axon, p215.

Henri Stierlin. Comprendre l'Architecture Universelle 1. Paris: Office du Livre S.A. Fribourg (Suisse), 1977. plan drawing, p252.

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986. ISBN 0-13-044702-1. NA200.T7. discussion, p472-473. — available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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