Parkview House

13 Aug 2000
Parkview House, Alcester Street B12, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 7EP
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


5104 Highgate B12 Parkview House SP 08 NE 7/66 II 2.

1903-4 built as a massive Rowton House hostel on a scale and with a social purpose as characteristic of the city at this date as is the quality of the materials and the decorative finish. A vast quadriangular block of bright red quality brick with 5 storeys basement and attics. One long narrow windowed elevation articulated by shallow breaks with broad gables and triangular ribs rising from second floor sill course. The massiveness of the block is enlivened by good buff terracota dressings and finials, with the feature of octagonal corner towers slightly stepped at each stage and crowned by copper sheathed conical roofs. There is decorative terracota work in the gables and terracota dragons with shields as gargoyles to the top stage of the towers.

The gabled porch is entirely terracota faced with flanking to cupola capped octagonal turrets. The central finial is surmounted by a finely modelled figure of a boy bearing what was probably a light fitting on his back whilst in the spandrels of the door arch are delicately wrought relief panels with boys of similar type representing industry and rural poverty or farming life.

Tall cast iron railings to area. Commanding hillside site.

Listing NGR: SP0732485648


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1836 IOE Records taken by J J Sheridan; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr J J Sheridan. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Sheridan, J J

Rights Holder: Sheridan, J J


Brick, Cast Iron, Copper, Terracotta, Victorian Hostel, Domestic, Residential Building, Railings, Monument <By Form>, Barrier