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Former Pearl Assurance Building

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4809 / 51°28'51"N

Longitude: -3.1805 / 3°10'49"W

OS Eastings: 318116

OS Northings: 176429

OS Grid: ST181764

Mapcode National: GBR KHM.S3

Mapcode Global: VH6FD.T1FL

Entry Name: Former Pearl Assurance Building

Listing Date: 4 March 1988

Last Amended: 30 April 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14110

Building Class: Commercial

Location: About 40m south of junction with Castle Street.

County: Cardiff

Community: Castle (Castell)

Community: Castle

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Built circa 1928 as offices for Pearl Assurance.

Exterior

Exceptional 4 storey, 4 window classical facade in fine Portland stone ashlar to reinforced concrete structure. Checked back angles; plain parapet with simple 3rd floor openings over main dentil cornice. Stepped impost bands to giant arch treatment of principal floors; Ionic half-columns, stepped reveals. Marginal glazing and bronze infill panels, plate glass. Cornice over polished granite ground floor surround, modern shop front to left; original recessed office entrance to right with small-pane double wooden doors and panelled surrounds.

Interior

Not accessible at resurvey but said to have good openwell staircase with bronze(?) balusters incorporating iron motif to handrail.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a scarce example of fine 1920s commercial architecture in a key Cardiff location.

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