SJ8497 : 103 Princess Street, Manchester

taken 7 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

103 Princess Street, Manchester
103 Princess Street, Manchester
A smashing building, built as the Mechanics' Institute in 1854-55 to the designs of J.E. Gregan (his last work). Pevsner comments that "the nobility and purity of its design sets it apart" from the nearby later warehouses. Brick with stone dressings, generously proportioned, pediments to the first-floor windows. Round the corner three tall arched windows must have flooded the lecture hall with light. Grade II* listed.
According to Wikipedia, the building has a most illustrious past: the Trades Union Congress, Co-operative Insurance Society and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology were all founded here. It currently houses the archives of the National Labour Museum.
It is one of a sequence of particularly fine buildings on this street, each occupying a whole block.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 22 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Monday, 9 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Educational sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8421 9782 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.6120N 2:14.3625W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8419 9782
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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