THE CHATHAM BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1261995
Date first listed:
30-Nov-1992
Statutory Address:
THE CHATHAM BUILDING UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL, CHATHAM STREET

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Location

Statutory Address:
THE CHATHAM BUILDING UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL, CHATHAM STREET

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District:
Liverpool (Metropolitan Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SJ 36005 89860

Details

This List entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 19/01/2018

SJ 38 NE, 392-/7/10009

CHATHAM STREET, L7, UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL, The Chatham Building

(Formerly listed as: Communication Studies and T.V./Audio Unit University of Liverpool)

II

University Communications Studies Studios and Offices when surveyed, formerly Welsh Presbyterian Chapel. 1861, Oliver and Lamb, with C20 alterations. Ashlar limestone and red brick, with ashlar dressings beneath a Welsh slated roof.

West entrance front of two storeys above a basement, five bays, 1:3:1, the bays defined by giant composite pilasters. Central three bays advanced beneath a pediment define a three door entrance, approached by lateral flights of six steps, set behind low flanking wall ramped at ends, and incorporating intermediate and end piers which rise above brickwork walling to support metal railings. Triple semi- circular arched doorways between pilasters, the central opening wider than flanking secondary doorways, all with panelled double doors, those to centre with carved decoration to base panels, those to centre of north side doors glazed. Outer bays have semi- circular arched window openings with glazing bar sashes without horns. All arched heads to ground floor have attenuated keystones rising from moulded arch surrounds to link with a deep, moulded storey band, which deviates as a segmental arch above principal doorway. Above, the semi-circular headed principal first floor window is accommodated within the pediment base by a similar indent. This window, with margin-glazed sashes, is flanked by semi-circular arched window openings, with glazing bar sashes. Above, a frieze and boldly projecting cornice supports a shallow brick parapet, with plain ashlar intermediate and end piers. The second and fourth piers surmounted by decorative finials. Above the central pediment is set an open bell-cote, itself topped by a miniature pediment. South side elevation of seven bays, that to the west end the return bay of the entrance front, defined by pilasters and a parapet. Within this bay, a single storey semi- circular stair turret beneath a half dome roof, with basement doorway, two first floor narrow glazing bar sash windows. Ashlar window and eaves bands, both moulded. Remaining six bays with stacked glazing bar sash windows, and two plain pilasters giving an arrangement of 2:3:2 keys. Basement window beneath a plain lintel band, ground floor openings beneath shallow band with segmental indents to window heads, and semi-circular gallery windows with keystones linked to parapet cornice flight of steps to basement doorway defined by railings, and rear doorway with massive lintel integral keystone and hood mould. North side wall identical, but without doorways.

INTERIOR: Entrance vestibule with tripartite window with semicircular headed lights with glazing bars and margin glazing. Arched flanking doorways lead to meeting hall, and to staircases serving gallery and basement. Staircases have elaborate newel posts with carved finials and two bobbin balusters per tread. Ground floor arcades now infilled by C20 partitions, but arcade columns with volute capitals remain visible, and support gallery columns and panelled and embellished gallery frontage. Gallery arcades with tall semicircular arches supported by slender columns with Composite capitals. Shallow vaulted roof to nave, the junction of the roof and arcades defined by projecting cornice. Gallery tiers remain, but benches have been removed.

Listing NGR: SJ3600589860

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
436087
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

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

End of official listing

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Date: 23 Aug 2000
Reference: IOE01/02430/22
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