Building of the Month – The Metropole Hotel

The Metropole Hotel

In 1893 plans were approved for the construction of a 370 bedroom Hotel in West Worthing.

With proposals to build a new pier almost opposite and West Worthing railway station nearby an increase in tourist numbers was anticipated.

At the end of the 1890’s construction commenced. Sadly the firm behind the building of the hotel ran into financial difficulties and the shell of the building was abandoned although the scaffolding remained for some years.

The original plans called for a south- facing facade but work on this was never started.

Plans for the new pier barely got off the drawing board (a few piles were sunk) but the ornate seafront approach steps remain to this day.

The abandoned east facing building was eventually completed in 1923 but had changed to a block of flats briefly known as Grand Avenue Mansion changing to the Towers in 1924 and was renamed Dolphin Lodge in the 1970’s.

 

David Pateman

Worthing Society www.worthingsociety.org.uk

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