Description: Port of Liverpool Building and Stone Balustrade, Iron Gates and Piers
Date Listed: 12 July 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 214149
OS Grid Reference: SJ3392290208
OS Grid Coordinates: 333922, 390208
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4045, -2.9954
SJ 3390 GEORGES PIER HEAD
27/501 Port of Liverpool
Building and stone
12.7.66. listed as Offices at
Mersey Docks and
Office building. 1907. Arnold Thornely. Portland tone.
Basement and 5 storeys, 13 bays wide with canted corner
bays, ll-bay returns. Rusticated basement ground and 1st
floor window round-headed, 1st floors, and corner bays.
2nd, central and 12th bays break forward. Ground floor
window round-headed, 1st floor windows in eared architraves.
2nd and 3rd floors recessed behind attached Ionic colonnade
with entablature and central open pediment containing bulls
eye and dolphins, at ends round open pediments containing
attic window. 3rd floor window of 3 lights, with
colonnettes supporting open segmental pediments, and
balustraded balconies. 4th floor window of 3 lights with
colonnettes, centre and end bays have Diocletian windows.
Attic has round-headed window with projecting panelled
blocks between. Entrance in tunnel-vaulted recess with
keystone and pediment, flanked by statues on plinths with
ships in cornucopias over. End octagonal towers with tall
glazed drums and coupled Ionic columns supporting domes.
Central dome on 2-stage drum. 1st stage with Ionic
colonnade and 4 projecting aedicules containing niches, 2nd
stage recessed behind balustrade. Copper dome surmounted by
lantern with 4 aedicules and obelisk. Interior has full
height octagonal hall with coffered dome. Round-arched
openings to galleries with iron railings and solid balconies
with lamp standards to alternate floors. Mosaic paving. 2
square stone piers opposite the entrance, with dentilled
cornices and globes with gilded continents; 4 iron gates and
gate piers. Also stone balustrade across whole front,
curving from entrance piers, with stone lamp holders on
ends, and continuing round the whole building with stone
lamp holders at intervals, in the form of naval monuments
with draped urns on top. Also iron gates and piers at each
end of forecourt.
Listing NGR: SJ3392290208
Source: English Heritage
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