The street has a commercial character with a majority of its buildings dating from the late Victorian or Edwardian period.
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Prev Next Justin Morris justmorris Portland graphic designer with a great sense of style, who features quirky and comical photos on his account. Portland Spring College Fair. Olympic Provisions Celebrates 5th Anniversary. So how do you keep you hair looking so great in the rain? Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum. Just drop a dime size in your palm, rub your hands together, then work up and under the hair, not on the top, which will leave your hair looking slight pasty and matted down.
I like to wear a watch. I know a lot of my guy friends watch the clock on their iPhones but I think an essential part of a men's wardrobe is his watch. I'm not a big fan of wearing a scarf but I've gotten used to wearing a scarf because of Portland's weather. So now I have lots in many colors, patterns and textures. The street has its own unique character, due in part of the unusual combination of small shops combined with its strongly rectilinear character.
Different owners and interests influenced the initial development of the area and affected the street layout and character. Edward Harley — Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, who married Lady Henrietta Cavendish — was responsible for the development of the Portland Estate , which commenced with Cavendish Square in and grew north and east. Great Portland Street's name is derived from the estate and several other street names in the area are related to the area's ownership, albeit less obviously.
Although the land up to Great Titchfield Street was controlled by the Portland Estate, other estates developed nearby land simultaneously. The proximity of unrelated developers with different agendas explains the unusual pattern of street grids centred on Great Portland Street, where several east-west streets terminate or originate.
Great Portland Street runs straight from north to south through the grid of streets. The layout, combined with its width and the concentration of shops along its length, means it has for a long time been a local centre and thoroughfare, connecting the residential areas around Regent's Park with the West End. It has also resulted in it becoming a divider, emphasising the contrasting areas to either side.
To the east, are artistic areas such as Fitzrovia , which have historically been less well-to-do than the west, with its grand parade of Portland Place , residential areas for the gentry, and doctors and medical institutions on Harley Street. Development of the estate was gradual but particularly so on Great Portland Street. The most coherent element to the architecture is the predominance of Edwardian buildings to the north and Victorian buildings towards Oxford Street , particularly noticeable when there has been occasional consolidation of plots, leading to consistent façades above street level such as in the block between Clipstone and Carburton Streets.
The trend of period groupings is another result of the slowness of the first development. As buildings in the south were built earlier than those in the north, their leases expired earlier, setting off a wave of redevelopment which meant that rebuilding in the south took place in the late- Victorian era, whilst that in the north was delayed until the Edwardian.
The Blitz made it necessary for further re-building after the war, although the damage incurred along the street was not particularly extensive so there are few modern buildings, and although the aesthetic today is a jumble of architectural styles and eras, the overall feel is that of an historic street. Various area maps from the 18th century onward provide detail to how Great Portland Street has changed over time.
Great Portland Street, also known as "Motor Row", was a primary street for cars and related accessories in the early years of the 20th century. The Benz Motor dealership was located in the very early 20th century on the street at its intersection with Weymouth Street where Villandry Restaurant is now located.
By the mid-Twenties Great Portland Street had become a dominant motor vehicle trading venue—with no less than 33 showrooms located along the street. Other manufacturers, including the big names of Vauxhall , Jaguar , Austin and Auto-Union DKW were also represented on the street in the first decades of the last century.
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