De La Warr Pavilion, Modern English Architecture, 20th Century Building Architect, Location, Refurbishment

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

Modern English Building, East Sussex, UK, design by Mendelsohn and Chermayeff Architects

post updated 3 Mar 2020

De La Warr Pavilion – original building

Date built: 1934-35

Architects: Mendelsohn and Chermayeff

Location: Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, England, UK

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex

Grade One listed in 1986

De La Warr Pavilion Building photos © Keepclicking – added 10 Sep 2012

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Bexhill-on-Sea promenade, at the front of the building:
Bexhill-on-Sea Promenade

Initiated by the 9th Earl De La Warr

Architecture competition

De La Warr Pavilion Refurbishment
Date: 2004-05
Renewal design: John McAslan Architects

£8m, funded by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund

Marina, Bexhill on Sea, TN40 1DP, East Sussex, England
T: 01424 229111

De La Warr Pavilion tours : at time of writing they cost £3 and occur twice a month: 01424 787949

Erich Mendlesohn – co-architect

Serge Chermayeff – co-architect

John McAslan – building refurbishment architects

The 9th Earl De La Warr in May laid the plaque which forms part of the floor of the pavilion’s foyer in 1935, stating:

‘A Modernist building of world renown that will become a crucible for creating a new model of cultural provision in an English seaside town which is going to lead to the growth, prosperity and the greater culture of our town’

The Pavilion opened to the public for the first time on the 12th December of that year, to critical and popular acclaim and controversy. Seventy years on, the response to the building’s re-opening as a centre for contemporary arts in October 2005, received much the same reception.

Now, in its 80th year, the Pavilion receives over 400,000 visitors a year with an impact of over £16m to the local economy.

Join a building tour to find out more about the fascinating history of the Pavilion.

Buy Alastair Fairley’s The Modernist Masterpiece which gives you a fascinating and detailed history of the building up until 2005.

Visit Bexhill Museum to see the original model of the Pavilion that was created for the architectural competition.


Location: Bexhill on Sea, TN40 1DP, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom

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