Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today.
Our main image this week shows the Adelphi Hotel in Ranelagh Place lit up against the night sky in May 1934.
Constructed in Portland Stone, the imposing building was designed by Frank Atkinson and opened in 1914. It was described at the time as ‘the most luxurious hotel outside London’.
Now the Britannia Adelphi Liverpool, the 406-room hotel consists of seven storeys and an entrance front with 11 bays. It is included on the National Heritage List for England.
The building was the third hotel on the site, once occupied by Ranelagh Gardens – the first open space for public recreation in Liverpool.
In 1826, James Radley converted two 18th century townhouses to create a hotel. This was replaced by another hotel in 1876 which was bought by the Midland Railway in 1892 and renamed the Midland Adelphi.
One its most unusual features was a set of heated tanks in the basement to keep live turtles for turtle soup!
The Adelphi was a popular hotel for wealthy passengers about to sail to America. The hotel’s Sefton Suite is said to be a replica of the RMS Titanic’s First Class smoking lounge.
Many famous guests have stayed at the hotel over the years. They include Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill as well as a host of star names appearing at the Empire Theatre.
As well as Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and Judy Garland, the Adelphi even hosted American actor Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger!
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