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IoE Number: 458158
Location: LANCASTER HOUSE, 67-71 WHITWORTH STREET (south side)
Photographer: Mr Patrick Norris
Date Photographed: 18 July 2003
Date listed: 03 October 1974
Date of last amendment: 03 October 1974
Grade II*

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MANCHESTER SJ8497NW WHITWORTH STREET 698-1/32/440 (South side) 03/10/74 Nos.67 TO 71 (Odd) Lancaster House GV II* 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.

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