Friday, 10 July 2015

Lutyens in Manchester

A Lutyens Masterpiece in Manchester

The former Midland Bank Building, now known as 100 King Street is the only Manchester building to be designed by architect Edwin Lutyens and it is one of his masterpieces. This art deco office on an island site is faced with portland stone and was constructed between 1933 and 1935. The design is precisely proportioned, a typical Lutyens feature. It ceased to be used as a banking office in 2008.

The ground floor banking hall is now a Jamie Oliver Italian restaurant. The upper floors have been fully restored and converted to a luxury 5* boutique hotel to a standard that the owners claim will be unique in Europe. Hotel Gotham is being billed as "The Sexiest Hotel in Europe"
Gotham Hotel Suite

Lutyens only other work in Manchester is the Cenotaph in St Peters Square. Erected in 1924, this is similar to that in London also to his design. These structures were something of a speciality of Lutyens as he built several around the World. The Cenotaph has recently been re-located to a more spacious site on the opposite side of St Peters Square to allow for rebuilding of the tram stop.

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