Home of the Titanic: Our inspiration for 30 James Street

30 James Street was the original name given to the Home of the Titanic by Bruce Ismay in 1896.

This is the exact building that the ill-fated RMS Titanic was registered, when Lawrence Kenwright purchased this building it was always his intention not name it the Titanic Hotel feeling this would be a step too far.

By calling the new hotel 30 James Street, Signature Living were not only taking the building back to its original name, but we are also underlining the fact that 30 James Street is not all about the Titanic.

The history of a stunning building

The White Star Line was so much more than the RMS Titanic. Sadly in later years, the White Star line shipping company was taken over by its arch rival the Cunard Line, but for many years the White Star Line created the benchmark that all would follow. Even the Cunard Line would eventually be forced to follow the White Star Lines blazing trail

Even the Cunard Line would eventually be forced to follow the White Star Lines blazing trail

When designing this hotel Signature Living tried and succeeded to not create a hotel that resembles a museum.

Lawrence’s view was to create a hotel that has never been seen before, a hotel with a history like no other.

Signature Living’s team designed each room to be totally bespoke, with definitive history specific to every room.

Every step of the renovation process was taken to reflect the historical past that alines itself to 30 James Street. A breathtaking history with references to Norman Shaw, RMS Titanic, Bruce Ismay, J.P.Morgan and the Cunard name but a few.

A bitter rivalry

Furthermore, there is a fascinating historical link between the Cunard and White Star shipping companies showing how finely tuned to each other they were. When one jumped the other jumped higher.

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Examples of the level of rivalry can be seen when The Cunard built the Lusitania in 1907. This ship became the holder of the much coveted Blue Riband and the largest ship ever built. White Star countered by building the RMS Titanic and RMS Olympic. Two Liners that became the largest ships in the world.

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The Lusitania was sunk in the first World War by a German U-boat. Causing the loss of 1,198 lives, many of which were American. The sinking of this Cunard ship caused a storm of protest in the United States. It also influenced the decision by the US to declare war in 1917.

When Bruce Ismay built 30 James Street in 1896 Cunard decided to build their much larger much more luxurious offices. Located just in front of The White Star office’s spoiling Bruce Ismay’s view of the Mersey. The construction of the Cunard building took away Ismay’s most beloved past time where he would often stand and gaze over the Mersey watching his ships

More money more problems

Onto J.P. Morgan, creator of the largest company in the world worth £1.25 billion, who purchased the White Star Line. A transaction that led to making White Star Line’s shareholders extremely rich and which prompted the Cunard to turn to our Government for funding.

Now it was no longer between the two companies alone, the competition was now much larger. The Cunard was now funded by one of the largest economies in the world, British Government. With the White Star owned by J.P.Morgan whose partners and main benefactors were the Rotheschilds. A family known to have funded Governments.

With seemingly unlimited funds these companies were among the wealthiest in operation, resulting in an ongoing fierce competition.

The desire to be great

These two Companies dovetailed for many years creating one of the most interesting business rivalry’s that Lawrence had ever come across. Lawrence remarked when researching the history of the White Star line that a recurring DNA factor of many greatly successful companies is born from their rivalry.

An absolute desire to better their once friend, partner even brother. He remarks that history is strewn with evidence of this factor, none more passionate than that of the Cunard and White Star line at the time.

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History of RMS Titanic

The Titanic

On 15th April 1912, at 2.20 am, the Titanic sank beneath the Atlantic Ocean after being struck by an iceberg en route to New York. Of the 2223 passengers aboard only 31.6% survived the disaster. Here at Signature Living, we have gained a piece of this iconic story.

Following the purchase of Albion House, the Signature Team have been working in order to convey this story of the ‘unsinkable’ ship that encountered such loss and tragedy. The Titanic, famous for more than just a film starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, set sail from Belfast on 2nd April 1912 and ended its infamous journey just 13 days later. It would have been impossible to orchestrate such a voyage without the headquarters of the White Star company, our new acquisition, Albion House. The building as used to read the lists of the deceased from the balconies, therefore the building of the Titanic leaves an impressive historical impression.

Having such an impressive building in our repertoire of apart-hotels in the city of Liverpool both visually and historically means that Signature Living will have to give our guests a unique experience, unable to be fulfilled by any other hotel in the world. Gaining the Titanic building will give us the rare opportunity to preserve the legacy of the Titanic whilst delivering the service you have come to expect from Signature Living, which has recently been given the accolade of being the number one hotel in Liverpool, according to Trip Advisor.

According to a crew member of the Titanic, ‘God himself could not sink this ship!’, we all know by now that this was not the case and the ship did fall to its demise. However we feel that the Titanic was a feat of engineering for the time, just as our hotel will be a success and an excellent addition to what is already an amazing selection of accommodations throughout the city of Liverpool.

Having recently acquired such an iconic building, Signature Living is planning to reinvent the White Star building into a Titanic themed hotel named 30 James Street which is expected to be open in April 2014.

For bookings and inquiries please visit our website https://signatureliving.co.uk/

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