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IoE Number: 380204
Location: BUSH HOUSE, 72 AND 74 PRINCE STREET (west side)
Photographer: Ms Ruth Povey
Date Photographed: 20 March 2005
Date listed: 20 June 1973
Date of last amendment: 30 December 1994
Grade II*

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BRISTOL ST5872 PRINCE STREET 901-1/42/190 (West side) 20/06/73 Nos.72 AND 74 Bush House (Formerly Listed as: PRINCE STREET (West side) Nos.72 AND 74 Bush's Warehouse) GV II* Warehouse. c1832, extended 1837. By RS Pop. For Acraman, Bush, Castle and Co. Pennant ashlar and rubble with limestone dressings, late C20 glazed roof. Rectangular, double-depth plan. 5 storeys and attic; 8-window range. The long elevations planned as for 3 sections, though only 2 built: plinth, vermiculated ground floor to a limestone band, squared coursed rubble to an ashlar frieze and cornice, and an attic and parapet. Wide buttresses to the left-hand corner and separating a 6-window range to the right and 3-window range to the left. Semicircular-arched ground-floor windows; those above are in full-height semicircular-arched recesses, and set in ashlar, with limestone pilasters to a moulded lintel on the second floor and an impost band on the third. Lunettes to the attic, and a late C20 glazed top storey behind the parapet. Similar W front without the ashlar, with 3 inserted C20 doorways in the left section, which has 2 iron crane jibs. The S front is a 9-window range in 3 symmetrical sections: the outer ones break forward with flat-headed ground-floor openings, full-height semicircular-arched recesses above have flat-headed windows to the lower floors, and flat-headed attic windows; and a broad central section with segmental-arched doorways, wider semicircular-arched recesses above with inner recesses containing the windows, a raised parapet and central pediment with a taller central attic window. INTERIOR: converted to exhibition and office space. Occupying an important position in the city's landscape, the building achieves an effect of 'remarkable dignity repetition and subtle variation of simple elements' (Gomme). (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 365).

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