Cobden Warehouse 16 Mosley Street Manchester
Built for Richard Cobden and constructed of red brick with stone quoins and dressings. "One of Mr WaIters's earliest commissions was a warehouse for Mr Cobden at No. 16, Mosley-street. This is a plain, unpretending building; the ground-floor of stone, and the upper part of red brick, but although there is a certain refinement in the details which distinguishes it, it does not materially differ from other Manchester warehouses erected about the same time." [Builder 16 March 1872 pages 199-202]
The ground floor was later converted into shops but an attempt has been made to restore its original appearance. The upper floors show Walter's first attempt in the use of the palazzo style. In its elevational treatment the first and second floor windows were grouped together under stone segmented arches with carved keystones, while a projecting cornice above the third floor concealed the attic windows, all to reduce the apparent height of the building. Because of its limited size, this restrained use of the palazzo vocabulary remained something of a trial.