Great Portland Street Underground Station - Great Portland Street, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 31.427 W 000° 08.627
30U E 698136 N 5711941
Quick Description: Great Portland Street tube station is at the northern end of Great Portland Street where Marylebone Road and Euston Road meet.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/12/2013 12:44:48 PM
Waymark Code: WMJPAM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:

The station building is Grade II listed with the entry at the English Heritage website telling us:

Underground Station - II Underground station with shops. c.1912 Metropolitan Line station. Cream faience tile faced with slate mansard roof. Elliptical plan with entrances in slightly advanced pavilions at cardinal points and perimeter shops surrounding booking hall-concourse. Free Classical style. 2 storeys. East and west pavilions, with rusticated quoins, have central, semicircular arched, keystoned entrances flanked by square headed keystoned openings; 1st floor with 2 architraved windows alternating with 3 architraved panels. North pavilion 4 windows wide with central semicircular arched entrance in rusticated surround flanked by semicircular arched opening and blind recess each side. South pavilion single storeyed finishing at 1st floor cornice continuous around building. In between pavilions are shops and windows on ground floor and alternating casemented windows and panels on 1st floor, as on east and west pavilions; in north-east and north-west quadrants shops are separated by engaged Doric columns. Crowning cornice and blocking course. Concourse top lit with square Doric piers, stone faced with marble plinths, encircling c.1930 booking office under altered lantern; pilasters to outer perimeter flanking shop fronts. Original banded tilework to south wall and stairs down to platforms; 1930s tiled geometric paving to concourse floor.

Wikipedia tells us about the station:

Great Portland Street is a London Underground station near Regent's Park. It is between Baker Street and Euston Square on the Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan lines. It is in Travelcard Zone 1. The Great Portland Street station building is listed as a building of National Significance.

The station was part of the world's first underground railway, the Metropolitan Railway, which opened between "Bishop's Road" (now Paddington) on the Hammersmith & City line and "Farringdon Street" (close to the present-day Farringdon station). It was opened on 10 January 1863 as "Portland Road", renamed "Great Portland Street and Regents Park" in 1923 and changed to its present name on 1 March 1917.

The current structure was built in 1930 on a traffic island on the Marylebone Road at its intersection with Great Portland Street and Albany Street. Its construction is a steel framed cream terracotta clad exterior, with the perimeter providing shops and originally a car showroom with office space over the station. Great Portland Street was at a major sales location for the motor industry. It was designed by the architect C.W. Fowler and Grade II listed in January 1987.

Local points of interest include Regent's Park, and the Post Office Tower. The station is very close to Regent's Park station, which is on the Bakerloo line.

The station is across the street from the main building of International Student House, a student residence and hostel and is also near Harley Street medical district, famous for its doctors and surgeons.

The station is within easy walking distance of Regent's Park and Warren Street tube stations

Is there other puplic transportation in the area?: Yes

What level is the station?: Below street level

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