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Art and Design Annexe, Birmingham Polytechnic, Birmingham

Description: Art and Design Annexe, Birmingham Polytechnic

Grade: I
Date Listed: 21 January 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 217391

OS Grid Reference: SP0666087027
OS Grid Coordinates: 406660, 287027
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4811, -1.9033

Location: 6 Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3AG

Locality: Birmingham
County: Birmingham
Country: England
Postcode: B3 3AG

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Listing Text

In the entry for MARGARET STREET
29/28 Art and Design Annexe
Birmingham Polytechnic

The Grade shall be amended from Grade II to read Grade I.


5104 City Centre B3
Art and Design Annexe,
Birmingham Polytechnic
(formerly listed as
College of Arts and
SF 0687 SE 29/28 21.1.70
1881-85, by Martin and Chamberlain and extended along Cornwall Street in 1893.
Brick and terracotta with stone dressings and some tile decoration and with
mosaic in the central gable; tiled roof with bracketted eaves cornice and
decorative ridge tiles. In a Gothic style. Three and 4 storeys; 5 bays,
the central and outer ones all gabled though differently in width and height,
a facade as brilliantly successful as it is wholly asymmetrical. The centre
bay with the gabled entrance arch flanked by pinnacles and carrying a big
pointed arched opening within the gable above. The door behind gates and
up a steep flight of steps within a room with arches carried on granite columns
and a flat panelled wooden ceiling. Ground floor windows all with shouldered
and moulded heads. First floor windows all broad lancets in various groupings;
then, on the left a roundel by Barlow of Leicester with splended foliage in
an Art Nouveau style, a band of trefoil headed lancets with roundels below
and, on the right, a big canted bay window carried on a tripartite buttress
rising up from basement level and with a triplet of lancets above. Excellent
floral details in the spandrels. Inside, too, with excellent detailing everywhere
including mosaic floors, stained glass windows, fine metalwork and joinery
and carved capitals. The studios on the top floor large and functionally
constructed with big iron arches with quatrefoils. On the return, the 9 bays
of the extension differ from the 5 bays of the original in having figures
(by Benjamin Creswick) rather than foliage in the tympana of the arches.

Listing NGR: SP0666087027

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Source: English Heritage

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