Wednesday, 28 September 2011
It's those Italians again!
Does this look familiar? It's NOT in Saltaire (or Venice!)... but it could well be. It's a building in the city of Manchester. It was formerly the Manchester Reform Club - a Victorian gentlemen's club for Manchester Liberal Party's elite. Designed by Edward Salomans, it was built in 1870-71, just as Saltaire was being completed. It too is Italianate, built in the Venetian Gothic style and it shares many motifs in common with Saltaire's buildings. In fact when I first saw it, I wondered if the architects were Lockwood and Mawson. Look at the arch and roundel pattern of the windows - seen here in Saltaire - and the patterned tops of the arches - see here. The elegant building now houses shops and a restaurant. You can see the whole building and a bit more about it here.
I couldn't decide if I like the B&W or the colour version best. If I was clever I'd have done a mouse-over but I still can't figure out how to add the html. So you can have two big pictures in one post today.