King's Cross Station

Lewis and Thomas Cubitt (Lewis, the younger brother of the builder Thomas Cubitt, was the designer.)

This nineteen century railway station (now under reconstruction/renovation) was originally the terminus of the Great Northern Railway. Its name derives from the fact that a statue of George IV stood close by at the cross roads.

The front facade (partly obscured by construction)

The plain yellowish brick exterior echoes the internal function. The two arched windows on the front facade serve to light the train sheds inside as well as to signal the vaulted Arrival and Departure Halls within. The Italianate clock tower in the center of the front is 120 feet tall. The facade has been praised for its plain functionality.

Details of the front facade

The entrance at the end bay has decorative iron work in the arched opening as well as quoins and decorative masonry surrounding the arch. The use of decorative cast iron continues within.

The arched train sheds and one of the windows of the front facade (from inside)

The arched roofs of the Arrival and Departure Halls span about 71 feet each. The cast iron brackets supporting the arches are original, although the laminated wooden arches have since been replaced with steel.

The decorative cast iron brackets

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