Building Name

14 and 16 Charlotte Street (formerly Austen House)

Charlotte Street
Central, Manchester
GMCA, England
New build
Grade II

Brick with stone dressing and very similar to Charlotte House in its design. Formerly Austen House

LISTING TEXT - Textile merchants' warehouses, now offices. 1860, by Edward Walters; altered. Sandstone ashlar and light red brick with sandstone dressings (roof not visible). Plan rectangular except for rear corner interlocking with No.12 to right. Italian palazzo style. Basement and 5 storeys, a symmetrical eight window facade, the ground floor of ashlar treated as a rustic, with a cornice to this, channelled corner pilasters and variously enriched sill bands to the upper floors, and a very prominent cornice on large brackets, surmounted by 9 brick chimneys with modillioned stone cornices. The ground floor and basement form a pilastered arcade of round headed arches, including coupled doorways in the centre with richly foliated carved spandrels, keystones with masks linked to triglyphs in a frieze with corrupt leaf enrichment; and windows divided equally between basement and ground floor, with enrichment to the heads including keystones and triglyphs like those over the doorways. The windows at 1st floor have architraves with straight cornices, those at 2nd floor are segmental headed with pedimented architraves (alternately segmental), those at 3rd floor have stilted segmental heads and linked impost bands, and those at 4th floor have enriched aprons in a deep sill band. All glazing altered. The left side wall is in similar but simpler style. Interior not inspected.

1863        John Whittaker, spinner and manufacturer 14 Charlotte Street. Mills and residence, Hurst, near Ashton-under-Lyne
1863        Barratt and Wilson, calico printers 16 Charlotte Street
1863        Sharpe and Thorpe, cloth commission agents, 16A Charlotte Street