Seafront pavilion dilapidated and neglected
The 1903 Grade II-listed Royal Victoria Pavilion was designed by architect Stanley Davenport Adshead in the style of a Robert Adam orangery.It was apparently designed in a week and built in six weeks for the opening of the summer season.
Commanding a central position on Ramsgate seafront, the building was once a vibrant public space, housing a concert hall and assembly rooms. Today, it stands dilapidated and deserted, having been closed since 2008.Its open arcade has been infilled and much insensitive modernisation has taken place.Balconies and decorative crests have gone – and with them the sense of fun that the building embodied.
Positioned right on the beachfront, the Pavilion should be at the heart of Ramsgate’s life.It needs a sensitive refurbishment and a suitable long term use so that generations of locals and visitors can continue to enjoy it.