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Latitude: 53.2962 / 53°17'46"N
Longitude: -3.7277 / 3°43'39"W
OS Eastings: 284948
OS Northings: 379084
OS Grid: SH849790
Mapcode National: GBR 2ZDB.R3
Mapcode Global: WH655.QD3X
Entry Name: 28 Penrhyn Buildings
Listing Date: 25 July 1994
Last Amended: 25 July 1994
Source ID: 14687
Building Class: Commercial
Location: On the corner of Penrhyn Road and Princes Drive.
Community: Colwyn Bay (Bae Colwyn)
Community: Colwyn Bay
Built-Up Area: Colwyn Bay
Traditional County: Denbighshire
Built c1930 (certainly before 1937), as a row of shops with accommodation over.
Buff brick with white faience dressings. 3 storeys, curved in plan, and comprising 3
distinct elements, symmetrically grouped about a central block. This comprises 3
shops, with white faience to shop fronts at ground floor, and articulated 1-3-2-3-1
above, with narrow end bays over side entrances, and pediment over 2 central bays.
Plain brick pilasters between the windows, which are 2-pane sashes with margin
lights, and Greek Key frieze in entablatures to first floor, 12-pane sash windows
to second floor. White faience cornice, side entrances in moulded architraves with
flat entablature hoods. Shop fronts: the right hand unit has been renewed but the
others retain the original shop fronts with curved glazing with margin lights in upper panes, tiled stall risers and mosaic floors. This central block is flanked by symmetrical outer bays: these are also 3 storeyed, and have steep hipped green slate roofs, with leaded upper panes to first floor, and 5 12-pane sash windows in second floor. White faience architraves to first floor windows, and white cornice band. Many of the shop fronts survive, although some of the glazing has been renewed.
Ambitiously composed on a prominent corner site, the development represents a well detailed example of the commercial architecture of its period, intergrating the Art Deco elements of the shop fronts within a loose Neo-georgian design; it survives almost intact.
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