Thanks to Wikipedia here’s what I need to learn about “my” 2012 living space:
- The station has been known as St Pancras International since 2007.
- It is a Grade 1 Listed building.
- A competition was held for the design of the original station buildings and hotel in May 1865. Eleven architects were invited to compete, submitting their designs in August.
- In January 1866 the brick Gothic revival designs of the prominent architect George Gilbert Scott were chosen.
- It was opened in 1868 by the Midland Railway as the southern terminus of the company’s main line, which connected London with the East Midlands and Yorkshire.
- When it opened, the arched Barlow train shed was the largest single-span roof in the world.
- After escaping planned demolition in the 1960s, the complex was renovated and expanded during the 2000s at a cost of £800 million.
- The St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel occupies parts of the original Midland Grand Hotel.
- It held its grand opening on 5 May 2011, exactly 138 years after its original opening in 1873.
- There are 244 rooms and 67 appartments.
And it is beautiful!