Building Name

73-75 Princess Street Manchester

73-75 Princess Street
GMCA, England
New build
grade II

LISTING TEXT - Nos.73 AND 75 GV II Shop with offices over. c.1870-80, altered. Probably iron-framed, with cladding of red brick, dressings of blue brick and sandstone, slate roof. Shallow rectangular plan parallel to street, on end-of-block site. Gothic style. Four storeys and attic, 10 bays; ground floor replaced by C20 shop-front. The 1st and 2nd floors are treated as a giant arcade of segmental-pointed arches with narrow pilastered piers which rise from a weathered sill-band and have carved stone caps and stilted heads, all decorated with blue brick patterning including bands to the piers, diapering to the panels between the floors, and banded heads with saw-toothed arch-bands, the 5th bay containing 2-light windows with colonnettes. The 3rd floor has a weathered stone sill-band and windows set in a running arcade composed of pairs of small 2-centred arches with polychrome enrichment, each pair having a stone colonnette with cushion capital (except the 5th bay which has triple arches and 2 colonnettes), all under a deeply-moulded brick corbel-table. Steeply pitched mansard roof with gabled 3-light dormer window over 5th bay, flanked by coupled gabled 2-light dormers, all with similar enrichments. All windows sashed without glazing bars. Three-bay returned sides in matching style.