Grosvenor Building, Manchester Metropolitan University Faculty of Art and Design


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Grosvenor Building, Manchester Metropolitan University Faculty of Art and Design, Cavendish Street


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Statutory Address:
Grosvenor Building, Manchester Metropolitan University Faculty of Art and Design, Cavendish Street

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

Manchester (Metropolitan Authority)
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
SJ 84280 97017



SJ8497 CAVENDISH STREET 698-1/20/590 (South side) 03/10/74 Chorlton-On-Medlock Grosvenor Building, Manchester Metropolitan University Faculty of Art and Design


(Formerly Listed as Manchester Polytechnic School of Art)

Manchester Municipal School of Art. 1880-1, by G.T.Redmayne, with 1898 addition to rear by J.G.Sankey. Sandstone ashlar, and red brick with buff terracotta dressings (respectively), slate roofs with glass skylights. The original building is a rectangular block, parallel to the street, 2 storeys over a basement, 1:3:1:3:1 bays, in Gothic style, with large gabled and pinnacled wings flanking a buttressed and arcaded main range. The centre has a chamfered doorway with moulded arched head and carved spandrels, and over this a small canted oriel with 4 small arched lights and steep weathered roof against a crocketed gable with corner pinnacles and apex finial; the flanking arcaded bays have rectangular windows set under 2-centred blank arches and corbel tables; a parapet runs across the whole range, as does a continuous skylight to the lower half of the roof. The gabled wings have giant depressed arches containing tripartite windows to both floors, the upper composed of tall 2-centred arched lights. Behind the ridge of the main ridge rises an octagonal chimney with machicolated and embattled top. The right-hand return wall has 5 bays of giant arches with windows to both floors. The addition to the rear has 3 gabled bays with broad pilasters to almost full height with a dentilled band over, a string-course stepped over a terracotta panel in the centre of each bay, and at ground floor of each bay an arcade of 3 round-headed 2-light windows with raked sills, moulded surrounds and 2-centred arched lights with central shafts and carved spandrels, those of the 2nd and 3rd bays with much higher sills, and beneath the centre of the 2nd bay a terracotta tablet with Art Nouveau enrichment and raised lettering commemorating the gift by the Council and Guarantors of the Manchester Royal Jubilee Exhibition 1887 of the sum of »10,000 towards the erection of the Royal Jubilee Exhibition Wing of the Manchester Municipal School of Art. Interior not inspected.

Listing NGR: SJ8428097017


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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: 10 Oct 1999
Reference: IOE01/01613/05
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