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Atlas Chambers

A Grade II Listed Building in City Centre, Manchester

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Latitude: 53.4807 / 53°28'50"N

Longitude: -2.2427 / 2°14'33"W

OS Eastings: 383987

OS Northings: 398247

OS Grid: SJ839982

Mapcode National: GBR DKH.28

Mapcode Global: WHB9G.JR7Z

Entry Name: Atlas Chambers

Listing Date: 6 June 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197941

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388250

Location: Manchester, M2

County: Manchester

Electoral Ward/Division: City Centre

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Manchester St Ann

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text


698-1/27/197 (South side)
Atlas Chambers


Insurance company office, now banking hall and offices. 1929,
by Michael Waterhouse (grandson of Alfred Waterhouse), for the
Atlas Assurance Company. Steel-framed with cladding of
Portland stone (roof not visible). Narrow rectangular plan on
corner site, with chamfered corner. C20 classical style. A
6-storey 4-window facade plus 3-window attic, consisting of a
2-storey banking hall with a cornice, then 3 regular storeys
(the upper 2 with shallow giant pilasters) with another
cornice, and the top floor and attic treated as a 2-storey
3-window pedimented penthouse with flanking 1-storey wings.
The banking hall has a plate-glass screen with a bronze
doorway set in the centre and surmounted by a bronze Atlas
with golden globe, a bronze plaque on the corner and a
cartouche above this, and its left return side (to Brown
Street) has a similar plate-glass screen with fluted Doric
columns distyle in antis. The upper floors have very regular
fenestration (matching that of Ship Canal House to the right)
consisting of tilting casement windows with margin panes and
plain surrounds, the one-window corner and 6-window return
side matching the front (but the attic storey set back at this
side). Forms group with Ship Canal House (with which it is
easily confused at first sight; q.v.).

Listing NGR: SJ8398798247

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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