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Manchester (Metropolitan Authority)
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SJ 84288 97624



SJ8497NW PRINCESS STREET 698-1/32/336 (South West side) 03/10/74 No.82 Asia House


Packing and shipping warehouses, now offices. c.1900-10, by Harry S.Fairhurst. Iron frame with cladding of brown sandstone ashlar and buff brick on polished granite plinth (roof concealed). Irregular trapeziform plan on island site. Free Baroque style. Six storeys with basement and attic, 7 bays plus chamfered corners, a boldly ornate design with channelled rusticated brown masonry to the first 3 storeys, a giant Ionic pilastrade to the 2 top floors rising from panelled pedestals at 3rd floor (in the same material against a brick background), curved and banded corners at this level (rising from large cartouches), a plain frieze and very prominent modillioned cornice, and a pilastered attic storey which is brick in the lower half and stone in the upper, the parapet raised at the ends. The ground floor has round-headed openings with run-out voussoirs, including a central doorway with cavetto surround, swagged voluted keystone and elaborate wrought-iron overlight, and windows with large triple keystones; the 1st and 2nd floor windows, including 2-storey canted oriels to the 2nd and 3rd and the 5th and 6th bays, all have moulded architraves, those at 1st floor with triple keystones and open pediments, those at 2nd floor with cornices surmounted by curved wrought-iron railings; the windows in the centre and end bays at 4th floor have open-pedimented architraves with balustraded balconies, the other windows of the top 3 floors have moulded architraves with triple keystones. Attic windows mostly corniced, those at the ends with pediments enclosing cartouches, with blind oculi above. Interior: unusually elaborate decoration, including tiled porch and corridor with Ionic pilasters and Venetian windows of green glazed terracotta; Art Nouveau stained glass, staircase tiling, and door furnishings: probably the best example of its kind in any Manchester warehouse. Forms part of uninterrupted linear group of similar buildings on this side of Princess Street.

Listing NGR: SJ8428897624


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 26 Dec 2005
Reference: IOE01/14995/12
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Brian Lomas. Source Historic England Archive
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