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Lever House, Birkenhead

Description: Lever House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 12 February 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 215624

OS Grid Reference: SJ3373783906
OS Grid Coordinates: 333737, 383906
Latitude/Longitude: 53.3479, -2.9968

Location: Westgate Road, Birkenhead, Wirral CH62 4UY

Locality: Birkenhead
County: Wirral
Country: England
Postcode: CH62 4UY

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Listing Text

SJ 38 SW
(south side)
Port Sunlight
Lever House


Office building. 1895. By William and Segar Owen. Rear
block. 1913-14. By J. Lomax Simpson. Brick with stone
dressings, slate roofs. One storey, 35-bay block to street,
with 2 storey 21 bay rear block. Central 11 bays of stone.
Top entablature,cornice, and parapet to right of centre.
Centre has moulded base, sill course and balustrade; Ionic
pilastrade with end quoin strips. Windows have architraves,
keys and segmental pediments and are sashed, no glazing
bars; relief carving of wreaths, swags, ribbands and drops.
Central entrance has architrave with key and overlight,
cartouche above inscribed "LEVER HOUSE"; flanking panelled
pilasters with entablature blocks and open pediment. Clock
above has open segmental pediment and carved surround. Royal
Arms above balustrade. 2 wrought iron bracketed lamps. Wings
have applied round arcade with paired windows with stone
lintels, bays flanking centre are narrower. End bay has
paired entrances under round archivolts and fanlights.
Several cross-axial stacks. Rear block similar, all but end
3 bays have balustrade, central panel with date. Windows
similar to above, those to centre 5 bays with stone
architraves, flanked by bull's eyes in square stone panels.
Cross-axial stacks. Interior has richly decorated entrance
hall with short flight of steps to upper end, saucer dome
and rectangular ceiling light. Entrances have swan-neck
pediments. Large office wings to sides have segmental
vaulted ceilings, similar wing to rear has 1st floor

Listing NGR: SJ3373783906

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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