Building Name

Showroom & Offices Peter Street Manchester

1936 - 1937
Peter Street
Central, Manchester
GMCA, England
New Build
William Thorpe & Son Limited

A NEW FACE IN PETER STREET - The Free Trade Hall has now a new neighbour The bric-a-brac of the old Tivoli music hall which went up in flames in 1927 has been succeeded by a many-windowed warehouse in the modern style; and Peter Street, architecturally a street of many colours, has a new note of light and shade. The whole site of the Tivoli—or the Winter Gardens, as it was called when fire destroyed it in the early hours of a New Year's Day— has been filled with a three-storey steel-frame building which soars up 59 feet towards the frieze level of the Free Trade Hall and will be almost the height of the hall itself if and when the two other storeys for which it is planned are completed. Above, the new building is faced with reconstructed stone, while below the pilasters and fascia are of black polished granite. It preserves the straight line of Peter Street so well that the allegorical figures of its classical neighbour would have to squint to see the new-comer. The building is designed to serve, for marketing purposes, the wallpaper and paint trade, hence the unstinted lighting serving showrooms, stockrooms, and offices alike. The architects, Messrs Cruickshank and Seward, F/FRIBA have dispensed with an internal wall. and the windows are so designed that every inch of window-space can be cleaned from the inside. [Manchester Guardian 11 January 1938 page 11]

Reference    Builder 22 May 1936 Page 1057
Reference    Manchester Guardian 11 January 1938 page 11