Alfred Waterhouse's Hotel Metropole viewed from the Pier, Brighton. Photograph c. 1890-1900 from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1905. This postcard image makes a very interesting comparison with a recent photograph, giving a view of the hotel before its spire and French pavilion roof were removed in the 1960s, so that a rooftop restaurant could be added. The result, according to Elaine Denby, has been a loss of presence (see p. 79).

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Denby, Elaine. Grand Hotels: Reality and Illusion. London: Reaktion Books, 1998.

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