It is the juxtaposition of the Gothic Revival and the brand new at St Pancras Station that has provided a fillip to a style that has been out of fashion for nearly a hundred years. After the carnage of the world wars, backs were turned on its ecclesiastical styles towards a new unattached form of secularism which manifested itself in the geometric designs of the Art Deco of the 1930s and the Op Art of the 1960s. Many Victorian and Gothic Revival antique tables, chairs, fireplaces and wardrobes were destroyed, hidden or painted white particularly during the latter period to embrace the new philosophies.
However, due to the quality of workmanship and their size, Victorian houses have stood the test of time. Many remain in original condition where architectural features have been rediscovered, and the only additions being extra bathrooms, ensuites and open plan kitchens to cater for modern family living. However, although the concentration has been on retaining original features, most are decorated neutrally, where the emphasis has been on the ability to sell houses on for large amounts of money. The only throwback decoratively to the heavy sumptuousness of Victoriana has been the introduction of a feature wall, where wallpaper has made a revival, and the choice of gorgeous designs and textures has been greater than ever.
However everything may change with the restoration of the George Gilbert Scott designed hotel at St Pancras Station when its return to its former glory and its status as one of London’s premier hotels will create heightened media interest in a revival of all things Gothic.
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