William Sharp Ogden
A minor Manchester architect who practised between 1870 and 1890, William Sharp Ogden was better known for his publications, especially Studies in Mercantile Architecture, published in both London and Manchester which contained 50 suggested designs for offices, shops and warehouses. Each design is dated between 1869 and 1876 and almost all of elevational treatments which, in style, follow a small group of built examples which create a sense of movement in the treatment of their facades. These include a terrace in Harrow, reported in The Builder of 20 October 1860 and a shop in South Audley Street which appeared in Building News of 18 February 1859, both designed by Thomas Harris. A design for a vinegar warehouse in Eastcheap, London by R.L. Roumieu was illustrated in The Builder of 10 October 1868 and Ogden must have been aware of this scheme. It has been suggested that the design illustrated may have been the forerunners of Art Nouveau, especially in Belgium. The now demolished Reade’s Building in Peter Street, Manchester, appears to have been based on the designs shown in his book.
In 1876 he was living at 162, Rydal Mount, off Waterloo Road, the house now being demolished and the street re-named as a continuation of Elizabeth Street. It would appear that most of his commissions were obtained in the immediate vicinity of his home. At the turn of the century he moved to London. He died on 26 April 1926 at Naseby, East End Road Finchley.
1886 William Sharp Ogden, Whitehall Chambers, 3, Spring Gardens
1889 William Sharp Ogden, Whitehall Chambers, 3 Spring Gardens, Manchester. (Slaters)
1891 W S Ogden (Ogden & Charleton)
1891 William S Ogden architect.14 Petworth Street Cheetham
1895 William Sharp Ogden, Whitehall Chambers, 3, Spring Gardens
1903 William Sharp Ogden (Ogden and Little) 20 Cross Street, Manchester
1876 162, Rydal Mount, Waterloo Road Cheetham
1879 W S Ogden. “Springfield”14 Petworth Street Cheetham
1883 W S Ogden. “Springfield”14 Petworth Street Cheetham
1891 William S Ogden architect 14 Petworth Street Cheetham
1903 William Sharp Ogden (Ogden and Little) Hill View, Danes Road, R----
1926 “Naseby” East End Road, Church End, Finchley,