ELECTRICITY BOARD SHOWROOMS

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1310050
Date first listed:
22-Dec-1988
Date of most recent amendment:
17-Jan-1989
Statutory Address:
ELECTRICITY BOARD SHOWROOMS, 513, GRIMSBY ROAD
Statutory Address:
ELECTRICITY BOARD SHOWROOMS, PRINCE'S ROAD

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Location

Statutory Address:
ELECTRICITY BOARD SHOWROOMS, 513, GRIMSBY ROAD
Statutory Address:
ELECTRICITY BOARD SHOWROOMS, PRINCE'S ROAD

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

District:
North East Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TA 30232 08959

Details

TA 3008 NW CLEETHORPES GRIMSBY ROAD (east side)

7/9 No 513 (Electricity Board Showrooms) II

Electricity Showrooms, now showrooms and dance studio. 1937 by Leonard Pye, Borough Engineer and Architect, for Cleethorpes Borough Electricity Committee. Red engineering brick with front of finely-jointed concrete blocks. Art Deco style. U-shaped on plan: main south-west range has large showroom with central lift to rear flanked by staircases, round tower adjoining at southern corner, and offices and workshops in wings flanking rear courtyard. 2 storeys with 3-storey tower. 3 bays to main south-west front to Grimsby Road, 6 irregular bays to south-east front facing Prince's Road. South-west front: tripartite shopfront with central recessed entrance between single-light plate-glass windows. Polished metal and coloured glass surround in Art Deco "Classical" style. Central entrance bay flanked by projecting pilasters framed by ribbed metal strips enclosing plain white panelled lower section and black glass upper frieze section with gold lightning flash motif, with 3 narrow metal-framed bands above containing painted glass bearing flame motifs. Recessed entrance has oak frame containing double doors with original polished metal bar handles beneath stepped frieze and overlight; flanking plate-glass windows in metal surround with upper frieze of lemon yellow glass and triple flame bands; moulded panelled soffit with original metal-framed faceted glass light, mosaic tiled floor. Side windows have similar upper friezes with tripal Flame bands. Sunshade awning box above with ribbed metal front. First floor balcony with moulded coping and 3 projecting coped piers. Recessed first floor has large recessed metal-framed windows, each of 3 lights, with geometric glazing bars, central 2-Fold French windows and single upper centrally-pivoted casements, and ornate leaded glass with chevron bands, lozenge and fan motifs in green, gold and frosted glass. Upper parapet balcony similar to that on first floor. Partly-projectng tower to right has plain ground-floor stage, first-floor stage with incised horizontal bands, and top stage with a pair of narrow windows with glazing bars and diamond and chevron patterns in blue and red glass, flanking an openwork metal clockface; flat coped top, central flagpole. Left side of south-west front has a curved projection matching the tower, with plain ground-floor and incised first-floor sections, and short projecting coped parapet above. Flat roof with central projecting lift tower. Right return, to Princes' Road: narrow recessed 3rd bay has 2-Fold 6-Fielded panel door with leaded glass overlight. 1st bay is similar to west front, with plate-glass shopwindow in polished metal and painted glass surround; remaining bays have 3-light leaded-glass windows. First-floor balcony similar to main front, with segmental bowed section with single incised band above entrance. Incised bands to tower. Large recessed 3-light window to 1st bay similar to those on main front. Narrower 3-light window to second bay. Recessed half-glazed panelled door and overlight to 3rd bay. Bays to right have wide central 3-light window similar to west front, flanked by narrower single-light windows. First floor door, overlights and all windows have ornate glazing similar to main front. Parapet balcony to first 2 bays, rounded to right end, parapet with moulded coping to remainder.

Interior. Oak panelled entrance to lift bears brass plaque inscribed:

BOROUGH OF CLEETHORPES THESE ELECTRICITY SHOWROOMS WERE OPENED ON THE lath MAY 1937 BY HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR OF CLEETHORPES ALDERMAN E HOUGHTON JPCC COUNC. J CROFT BAKER CC CHAIRMAN ELECTRICITY COMMITTEE

ALBERT S BARTER LEONARD PYE AMICE TOWN CLERK BOROUGH ENGINEER AND ARCHITECT TOWLE BROS LTD. B A LORD AIEE BUILDERS BOROUGH ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

Open well cantilevered staircases to each side of lift shaft have composite stone treads, curtail steps, ramped and wreathed handrails, wrought-iron balustrade with geometric and scrolled motifs, open box-section foot-newels with fan and rosette ornament. Wide landing behind lift shaft has central 3-light window with stained glass sailing ship in roundel, single side-windows with stained-glass sunburst motifs; stepped cornice, pair of large domed rooflights with radial glazing bars. Original metal-framed glass-panelled electric wall lights. First floor front room (now dancing studio) has 3-bay ceiling with stepped cornices and 3 large stepped-drum shaped electric ceiling lights. Lift . entrance here obscured by inserted partititon. Remainder of interior not investigated. A well-preserved example of Art Deco architecture, and the best surviving in Humberside.

Listing NGR: TA3023208959

Legacy

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

Legacy System number:
164450
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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