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A Grade II Listed Building in Manchester, Manchester

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Latitude: 53.4828 / 53°28'57"N

Longitude: -2.2491 / 2°14'56"W

OS Eastings: 383566

OS Northings: 398477

OS Grid: SJ835984

Mapcode National: GBR DHG.PJ

Mapcode Global: WHB9G.FQ7D

Plus Code: 9C5VFQM2+49

Entry Name: National Buildings

Listing Date: 6 June 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1254470

English Heritage Legacy ID: 457310

Location: Manchester, M3

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


698-1/27/407 (West side)
National Buildings


Office block. 1905-9, by Harry S. Fairhurst, for National
Boiler and Generator Insurance Company. Iron or steel frame,
with cladding of buff and white terracotta and some red brick.
Large quadrilateral plan. Eclectic style. Five storeys with
basement and 2 attic storeys, 9 bays, symmetrical; with
rusticated terracotta and mutuled cornice to the first 2
floors, pilasters to the next 3 floors of the 7-bay main range
(panelled and of brick at 2nd and 3rd floors, terracotta with
coved niches at 4th floor), with a mutuled cornice; and banded
terracotta to the outer bays which are treated as towers and
finished with Baroque cupolas; set-back attic storeys between
the turrets. The ground floor has large round-headed windows
with cavetto surrounds and triple keystones, a similar but
larger waggon entry to the right, and a central doorway with
banded pilastered surround carried up to a semi-circular
pediment enclosing a circular window at 1st floor, with
moulded enrichments. The 1st floor has segmental-headed
3-light windows with enriched keyblocks; the upper floors have
(inter alia) 3-storey canted oriels to the outer bays, 3-light
windows to the 2nd and 3rd floors and a plaque in the centre
lettered "NATIONAL BUILDINGS", 2-light windows to the 4th
floor with Ionic colonnettes, Diocletian windows to the first
attic storey, with triple keystones, and 3-light windows to
the 2nd attic (forming almost continuous glazing). Rear and
interior not inspected. Forms group with Arkwright House,
Parsonage Gardens (q.v.).

Listing NGR: SJ8356698477

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

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