Hotel Christol, Boulogne

Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM ART 3380
Art and Popular Design
Subject period
  • Support: paper
  • medium: Watercolour
  • Support: Height 354 mm, Width 532 mm
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  • object category: drawing
Gift of the British Red Cross Society and Order of St John of Jerusalem, 1920

Object description

image: a view of the front elevation of the Hotel Christol with the Café Halle next door. Two Red Cross ambulances are parked on the wide boulevard, while another drives across the street.


A large 19th century hotel, conveniently situated near the port on the north bank of the river Liane, the Hotel Christol was rapidly commandeered for military purposes in 1914. For a brief period at the beginning of the war it was No.7 Red Cross Hospital (Allied Base Hospital) before becoming the Head Quarters of the Red Cross in France in 1915. It was also used as a Hostel and Restaurant for Red Cross workers and relatives passing through Boulogne until May 1919. It continued in use as a hotel until the Second World War, when it was destroyed along with large swathes of the waterfront.


David A Baxter

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