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Bridgewater House, Manchester

Description: Bridgewater House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 6 June 1994
English Heritage Building ID: 458157

OS Grid Reference: SJ8416597639
OS Grid Coordinates: 384165, 397639
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4752, -2.2400

Location: 60 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 6LT

Locality: Manchester
County: Manchester
Country: England
Postcode: M1 6LT

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Listing Text


698-1/32/438 (North side)
Nos.58 AND 60
Bridgewater House


Shipping warehouse, now offices. 1912, by Harry S.Fairhurst.
Steel frame with cladding of sandstone ashlar and white glazed
terracotta (roof concealed). Large rectangular plan, with
loading bay at rear. Eclectic style. Eight storeys with
basement, 19 bays, symmetrical, with strong horizontal
division, the first 2 floors of stone, treated as a rustic
with channelled rusticated piers, moulded frieze and prominent
modillioned cornice, the upper floors of white glazed
terracotta, the 2nd floor with a prominent panelled cornice on
coupled brackets, the next 4 floors with tiered canted bay
windows in alternate bays, and a modillioned main cornice
interrupted in the centre by a 5-bay penthouse with pilastered
end bays and a parapet with upstand. The ground floor has a
massive sill-band (over rock-faced piers at basement level),
interrupted between the 6th and 9th and the 14th and 17th bays
by square-headed entrances with doorways which have profile
medallions of the Duke of Bridgewater on the lintels and
3-light overlights at 1st-floor level; otherwise, each bay has
metal-framed windows to the ground and 1st floors and bronze
panels between these. The upper floors have square windows
(except the canted bays) and various forms of enrichment
including geometric panels, fasces, wreaths and corrupt-leaf
pendants. Return sides have 2 bays in matching style (with
monogram at 6th floor level), and continue in plain
rectilinear grid form. Interior not inspected. Forms group
with Palace Theatre to left (q.v.), and Refuge Assurance
Buildings (q.v.) and India House opposite (q.v.).

Listing NGR: SJ8416597639

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Source: English Heritage

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