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IoE Number: 456835
Location: ASIA HOUSE, 82 PRINCESS STREET (south west side)
Photographer: Mr Brian Lomas
Date Photographed: 26 December 2005
Date listed: 03 October 1974
Date of last amendment: 03 October 1974
Grade II*

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MANCHESTERSJ8497NWPRINCESS STREET698-1/32/336(South West side)

MANCHESTER SJ8497NW PRINCESS STREET 698-1/32/336 (South West side) 03/10/74 No.82 Asia House GV II* Packing and shipping warehouses, now offices. c.1900-10, by Harry S.Fairhurst. Iron frame with cladding of brown sandstone ashlar and buff brick on polished granite plinth (roof concealed). Irregular trapeziform plan on island site. Free Baroque style. Six storeys with basement and attic, 7 bays plus chamfered corners, a boldly ornate design with channelled rusticated brown masonry to the first 3 storeys, a giant Ionic pilastrade to the 2 top floors rising from panelled pedestals at 3rd floor (in the same material against a brick background), curved and banded corners at this level (rising from large cartouches), a plain frieze and very prominent modillioned cornice, and a pilastered attic storey which is brick in the lower half and stone in the upper, the parapet raised at the ends. The ground floor has round-headed openings with run-out voussoirs, including a central doorway with cavetto surround, swagged voluted keystone and elaborate wrought-iron overlight, and windows with large triple keystones; the 1st and 2nd floor windows, including 2-storey canted oriels to the 2nd and 3rd and the 5th and 6th bays, all have moulded architraves, those at 1st floor with triple keystones and open pediments, those at 2nd floor with cornices surmounted by curved wrought-iron railings; the windows in the centre and end bays at 4th floor have open-pedimented architraves with balustraded balconies, the other windows of the top 3 floors have moulded architraves with triple keystones. Attic windows mostly corniced, those at the ends with pediments enclosing cartouches, with blind oculi above. Interior: unusually elaborate decoration, including tiled porch and corridor with Ionic pilasters and Venetian windows of green glazed terracotta; Art Nouveau stained glass, staircase tiling, and door furnishings: probably the best example of its kind in any Manchester warehouse. Forms part of uninterrupted linear group of similar buildings on this side of Princess Street.

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