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Lancaster House

A Grade II* Listed Building in City Centre, Manchester

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Latitude: 53.4753 / 53°28'31"N

Longitude: -2.2384 / 2°14'18"W

OS Eastings: 384270

OS Northings: 397647

OS Grid: SJ842976

Mapcode National: GBR DKK.Z6

Mapcode Global: WHB9G.LX84

Entry Name: Lancaster House

Listing Date: 3 October 1974

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1254887

English Heritage Legacy ID: 458158

Location: Manchester, M1

County: Manchester

Electoral Ward/Division: City Centre

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Manchester St Ann

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text


698-1/32/440 (South side)
03/10/74 Nos.67 TO 71 (Odd)
Lancaster House


Includes: No.80 Lancaster House PRINCESS STREET.
Shipping and packing warehouses, No.71 converted as apartments
and No.67 (including No.80 Princess Street) converted as
offices. Dated 1906, and built between 1905 and 1912; by Harry
S.Fairhurst. Steel-framed, with cladding of brown and buff
terracotta and some red brick; slate roofs. Long rectangular
plan in 2 parts, on island site. Edwardian Baroque style. The
left-hand portion, forming the corner block to Princess
Street, is 7 storeys with basement and attic, 6 bays plus a
corner turret to the left, the ground and 1st floors forming a
rustic of banded brown terracotta with a dentilled cornice on
consoles, banded end pilasters to the upper floors (continued
as chimneys above the parapet), frieze over 2nd floor, 5-bay
giant arcade of round-headed arches from 3rd to 6th floor with
swags and enriched keystones, dentilled main cornice, and
attic storey treated as a parapet. 3-sided corner turret
(2:1:2 windows) with segmental open pediment over 1st floor,
pedimented Gibbs surrounds to 4th-floor windows, and very
elaborate slender octagonal 4-stage Baroque spire. Doorway in
chamfered corner to Princess Street, round-headed arched
entrance at right-hand end, keyed heads to windows at ground
and 1st floors (those at 1st floor round-headed). Narrow
facade to Princess Street in similar style; with centre of 4
very narrow bays, the upper floors giant-arcaded like those to
Whitworth Street, and colonnaded attic with Diocletian window
and elaborate parapet; grey stone entrance at ground floor
with square-headed doorway flanked by windows, semi-circular
overlight flanked by projected ship-prow motifs, and dentilled
cornice; and 5-sided corner with features matching the other
corner but finished with a balustraded parapet. Rear: a
strictly functional glazed grid of small-paned windows.
The right-hand portion (No.71) is 7 storeys and 1:3:1:3 bays,
the ground and 1st floors of buff terracotta with a cornice
and the upper floors of red brick with buff terracotta
dressings, symmetrical except for the 1st bay (which carries
up 1 floor higher, like a sprinkler tower). The 1-bay centre
has a round-headed doorway with wrought-iron Art Nouveau
gates, a dentilled band arched over it, a 2-light overlight at
1st-floor level flanked by reliefs of seated allegorical
female figures supporting an open pediment containing a
cartouche with fronds, and a panel above this with raised
lettering "LANCASTER HOUSE"; pairs of small windows to the
next 4 floors, and a round-headed arch at 6th floor containing
a lunette. The 3 bays on each side of the centre have banded
piers and square-headed windows with triple keystones at
ground floor, coupled windows at 1st floor; banded brick giant
pilasters to the next 3 floors with terracotta friezes and
modillioned cornices, windows with linked architraves at 2nd
and 3rd floors (those at 2nd floor segmental-headed), and
large oculi at 4th floor with enriched terracotta surrounds;
and coupled pilasters to the top 2 floors with open segmental
pediments over the centre containing raised lettering "ANNO.
DOM." and MDCCCCVI" (respectively), windows with moulded
architraves at 5th floor and coupled windows above. Hipped
roof with 2 tall chimneys. Interior not inspected.

Listing NGR: SJ8427097647

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