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Description: Medway Adult Education Centre
Date Listed: 2 December 1991
English Heritage Building ID: 172950
OS Grid Reference: TQ7453568331
OS Grid Coordinates: 574535, 168331
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3872, 0.5070
ROCHESTER CORPORATION STREET
10/20 Medway Adult
Formerly the Rochester Technical Institute, now an Adult
Education Centre. 1905-6 by S B Russell and Edwin Cooper. 'Neo-
English Baroque' style. Red brick with limestone ashlar
dressings; welsh slate hipped roof. Plan: central entrance with
rear centre Imperial stair and large 1st floor hall to centre
front; classrooms and smaller offices with top-lit attic studios.
Main block, 2½ storeys and attic. Front: (W), 2:3:2 bays all
under prominent dentil cornice. Centre bays project; cornice
brought out over 4 giant pilasters that are rusticated below a
ground-floor lintel band (that continues around the rest of the
building). Entrance recessed, the pilasters associated with
Tuscan columns to form a 3-bay portico. Late C20 glazed doors
flanked by sash windows. 1st floor sashed windows with moulded
architraves and cornices. Below the main cornice to each bay a
blank panel flanked by garlands. Side bays with rusticated brick
quoins, sashes with exposed frames in rubbed brick surrounds with
keystone, and metal-framed oculi to upper half storey. 20 and
24-pane sashes to ground and 1st floor throughout. Continuous
dormers form an attic storey. Central tall cupola. Corporation
Street (N) wing of 3 storeys, with large sash windows (3 to W,
4 to N) and minimal stone dressings. 2 utilitarian 4 storey
gault brick wings to rear. Interior: metal roof membring,
concrete floors with parquet blocks. Note: This building is a
good example of these important early-C20 architects' work.
Listing NGR: TQ7453968330
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Source: English Heritage
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