SJ8497 : Former Refuge Assurance Company, Oxford Street, Manchester (2)

taken 5 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Former Refuge Assurance Company, Oxford Street, Manchester (2)
Former Refuge Assurance Company, Oxford Street, Manchester (2)
One of Manchester's many landmark buildings. I remember being bowled over on arriving in the city as a callow student in 1985. Pevsner says the decoration is in a Northern Italian C16th style. Dark red brick and terracotta except for the orange terracotta at the top of the tower. It has weathered remarkably well. The further section is by Alfred Waterhouse, 1891-95, the nearer, including the tower (SJ8497 : Detail of former Refuge Assurance Company, Oxford Street, Manchester (1) and SJ8497 : Detail of former Refuge Assurance Company, Oxford Street, Manchester (2)), by Alfred's son, Paul, 1910-12, and Stanley Birkett extended it along Whitworth Street (out of shot) in 1932. Grade II* listed.
It was converted into a hotel in the late 1990s (the Palace Hotel).
See also: SJ8497 : Former Refuge Assurance Company, Oxford Street, Manchester (1).
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 15 May, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 2 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8414 9751 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.4447N 2:14.4248W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8415 9743
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