Elephant Tea Rooms
Infobox Historic building
name = Elephant Tea Rooms
caption = The Elephant Tea Rooms
map_type = Tyne and Wear
latitude = 54.907054
longitude = -1.383916
address = 65–66
client = Ronald Grimshaw
construction_start_date = 1873
completion_date = 1877
floor_count = 3
Royal Bank of Scotland
The Elephant Tea Rooms is a
Grade II listed buildingin Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England. The building was constructed from 1873 to 1877 by Frank Cawsfor Ronald Grimshaw, a local tea merchant, in the Hindu Gothicstyle, in reference to the tea sold there.
The exterior is
polychromeand was constructed from brick, terracottaand faience. The ground floor has a full-width tiled fascia continuing along to the neighbouring building; this 20th century alteration, may conceal earlier detail. The arcaded first floor has sash windows with sloping sills in the Gothic faience arcade, clasping rings and crocket capitalsto the nookshafts, alternate block jambs, raised pointed arches and roll-moulded dripstring. The ogeewindow heads have fleur-de-lys finials in front of lozenge-patterned terracotta spandrels. The eaves cornicehas a corbelled trefoil frieze.
The attic windows have faience surrounds, similar to the first floor arcade, two trefoil-headed
transomlights over mullioned lights, each window is in a high gable with round-headed niches in a banded faience decoration and moulded coping. Between the gables there are bracketed corniced shelves carrying faience elephants under bracketed gables with trefoil bargeboards with a crocket decoration and elaborate finials.
orielcorner turrethas nookshafts like the other first floor arcades but with arcaded central lights and blind arches, below a band of linked, splayed shafts and large eaves gargoyles. Above are further gablets are at the foot of the banded round turret with bracketed, eaves and a Buddhist-style conical faience roof with a series of ringed ribs. Smaller high cones on patterned drums are behind the crow-stepped gable foot at the end of each front.
The steeply-pitched roof is of
slate, has ridges from each gable with terracotta crestings, faeience gablecopings and tall, faience coping (behind the elephant gablets) and brick chimneys.
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