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Cory's Building

A Grade II Listed Building in Butetown, Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.465 / 51°27'54"N

Longitude: -3.1657 / 3°9'56"W

OS Eastings: 319118

OS Northings: 174651

OS Grid: ST191746

Mapcode National: GBR KMS.3S

Mapcode Global: VH6FF.2FSR

Plus Code: 9C3RFR8M+2P

Entry Name: Cory's Building

Listing Date: 20 August 1992

Last Amended: 21 August 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13972

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Dominant commercial building at the crossroads near the S end of the street, on the NE corner with Bute Place.

County: Cardiff

Community: Butetown

Community: Butetown

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Opened in 1889; built to designs of Bruton and Williams, architects of Cardiff, for Cory Brothers Ltd. Adjoins Customs and Immigration building to left and the former Board of Trade building on Bute Place to right.


Free Italianate Classical style with some Mannerist derived detail. 5-storey with asymmetrical 13-window ashlar front and channelled ground floor with granite plinth. Central section emphasised by giant order, part fluted, pilaster strips and stepped up parapet incorporating segmental pediment; similar pilasters to end bays. Ground, 2nd, 3rd & 4th storeys delineated by cornices (dentil to 2nd floor). Horned sash glazing; some with bracket cornices and volutes. Either side of central columns with elaborately foliated bulbous bases; these floors are then linked to central bay by coffered giant arch, with foliated spandrels, carried on paired pilasters and flanking a splayed bay window with open pediment. Similar splayed oriels to 1st floor of flanking sections; paired segmental headed windows to end bays and camber headed windows in squared recesses to ground floor. Central entrance with Grecian brackets to stout balustrade, urn finials and inscribed entablature; recessed doorway. Left hand is red brick with stone banding. The corner to right is set back to top 2 floors, rounded below and dated 1889 to 2nd floor. 2 1-window right hand side adjoining the former Board of Trade building; the right hand bay is slightly stepped back. Similar window treatment; round arched recess to 1st floor containing aedicule and oculus; swags over semicircular-headed entrance with panelled double doors.


Retains openwell stairs with arabesque ornamented iron balustrade; moulded handrail, scrolled to base. Some windows have small-pane glazed shutters (secondary casement glazing).

Reasons for Listing

Prominently sited elaborate commercial building for important Cardiff family business. Group value.

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