After sitting abandoned atop the St. Pancras rail station in London’s Kings Cross for 76 years, the massive 135-year-old Grand Midland Hotel reopened it’s doors on March 15th as the impeccably restored St. Pancras Renaissance. The hotel closed after it failed to keep up with hotel trends as bathrooms in guest rooms became de rigueur in the 30’s. The neglected building then briefly housed rail offices before the government deemed it unsafe.
Even when locals lobbied to demolish the site (Victorian architecture was so passe!), it somehow stayed upright until earning landmark status in 1967. USA Today celebrates the iconic building’s uneven history and many movie cameos (Harry Potter, Batman and Batman Begins were all filmed on site) with a remarkable photo tour.
Images By Barbara De Lollis, USA TODAY