Athenaeum Buildings, 27 Fawcett Street, Sunderland: Research and investigation

Author(s): Lucy Jessop

Athenaeum Buildings (centred on NZ 39790 56893) is a commercial development in Sunderland which was completed in 1900; it was built on the site of the Athenaeum, a public building which was constructed in 1839-1841 to house the Sunderland Literary and Philosophical Society. Its position on Fawcett Street puts it at the heart of the Sunderland Heritage Action Zone, a project running from April 2017 and led by Historic England (HE) and Sunderland City Council (SCC). At the request of Barbara Hooper of HE’s Planning team in the north east and Mark Taylor, conservation officer at SCC, members of HE’s Historic Places Investigation team briefly visited the site, researched its history and wrote this report to inform future planning decisions.

Report Number:
Research Department Reports
Standing Building Standing Structure Architectural Investigation Heritage Action Zone


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