Sevendale House, Manchester
Description: Sevendale House
Date Listed: 6 June 1994
English Heritage Building ID: 388080
OS Grid Reference: SJ8453598430
OS Grid Coordinates: 384535, 398430
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4824, -2.2345
Location: Spear Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 1JA
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SJ8498SE DALE STREET
698-1/29/96 (North East side)
Large general warehouse; now mostly wholesalers' premises.
Dated 1903 on doorway; for I.J.& C.Cooper Ltd, general
warehousemen. Steel frame with concrete floors, in cladding of
polished red granite, red sandstone (now grime-blackened) and
blood-red brick and terracotta; green slate roof. Long
rectangular plan filling plot bounded by Dale Street, Spear
Street, Lever Street and Stevenson Square, with offices at
both ends and warehousing (etc) between them. Jacobean style.
The Dale Street facade, of 4 storeys with basement and attic,
is a symmetrical composition of 5 wide bays with splayed
corners, pilasters at ground floor continued as semi-octagonal
shafts terminating in domed finials, a frieze with raised
lettering "I.J.& C. COOPER LTD", and a parapet with shaped
gables in the centre and over each corner (the latter
similarly lettered). The ground floor has a very large
round-headed central doorway with elaborately decorated
surround including a keystone cartouche with raised date
"1903" (opening now filled by mirrored screen with small door
in centre), "SEVENDALE HOUSE" in late C20 lettering attached
to the frieze above, coupled plate-glass windows in the inner
bays and large single plate-glass windows in the outer bays.
The 1st and 2nd floors have (inter alia) coupled windows in
the centre, 2-storey canted 5-light oriels in the inner bays,
large single-light windows in the outer bays (all at 2nd floor
- except the oriels - with keyed elliptical-arched heads),
2-storey segmental oriels at the corners with coupled windows,
and a moulded cornice carried round; the 3rd floor has an
almost continuous series of small single-light windows; and
the upper lights of most of these windows have Art Nouveau
leaded glazing, or small panes. The roof has flat-roofed
dormers. The south side (to Lever Street) is 11 bays in
similar style, with 2-storey canted oriels in alternate bays,
pairs of square-headed windows at 3rd floor and pairs of
dormers above (late C20 entrances inserted in the centre and
at each end); the rear facade (to Stevenson Square) is similar
to the front but without the doorway. The north side (to Spear
Street) is mostly curtain walling of steel-framed glazing, and
has inter alia a 3-bay loading entrance with cast-iron piers
and wrought-iron beam, and a gabled dormer above this.
Listing NGR: SJ8453598430
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