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Exchange Chambers (Exchange Buildings)

A Grade II Listed Building in Castle (Castell), Swansea

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6178 / 51°37'4"N

Longitude: -3.9369 / 3°56'13"W

OS Eastings: 265996

OS Northings: 192779

OS Grid: SS659927

Mapcode National: GBR WSZ.L0

Mapcode Global: VH4K9.QL1M

Entry Name: Exchange Chambers (Exchange Buildings)

Listing Date: 30 March 1987

Last Amended: 30 March 1987

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11555

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Occupying a large corner site at Adelaide Street and Cambrian Place overlooking the Royal Institution.

County: Swansea

Community: Castle (Castell)

Community: Castle

Built-Up Area: Swansea

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Dated 1913-14. Designed by Charles T Ruthen, architect of Swansea. Henry Billings and Sons, contractor. Edwardian classicism.

Exterior

Main symmetrical curving facade with advanced centre and ends to Cambrian Place. 3 storeys with attic and basement. Portland stone with channelled rustication to centre, ends and ground floor; granite plinth; red brick to sides and rear.

3-bay frontispiece with pilastered attic storey and entablature supporting clock aedicule with swags, keystone and flanking volutes. Balustraded parapets link to outer bays with keyblocked open pediments and attic thermal windows. Main modillion cornice, giant tetrastyle Ionic half-columns in antis over main entrance; 3 bay loggia with modillion cornice and centre open pediment with Swansea arms, pair of blocked columns.

Upper storeys with linked architraves, cross-windows, aprons (swagged to outer bays); keyblocked arched windows to ground floor; grilles to basement. Right hand entrance with cavetto arched opening and inset lugged and blocked architrave, double panelled doors under tablet. Low screen wall to right with arched entry under 1914 keyblock, arched fanlight and double ironwork gates.

Symmetrical 5-bay W facade with advanced ends, detailing as before. Centre and left hand doorways up steps, double panelled doors under tablets, balustered area parapets. Lower screen wall to left as Cambrian Place.

Interior

Coffered ceiling and panelled pilasters to main entrance, timber commissionaires box on right, leading to 1 storey exchange hall with cantilevered upper walls (formerly open to roof?). Pilastered and panelled dados, round central light with Chamber of Commerce panel, half-glazed doors etc.

Reasons for Listing

Group value.

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