TWO BUILDINGS IN MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE from the 1930's are featured here, both of them requested many times. Sunlight House and Arkwright House are superb but are often underrated and overlooked. Northcliffe House, also from the 1930's wasn't just overlooked, it was demolished earlier in 2002.
IS SUNLIGHT HOUSE built in the early 1930's and named after its original
owner Joseph Sunlight. This view of the building has been made possible
demolition of Northcliffe House on Deansgate.
EWM says: Sunlight House is one of the most impressive buildings in Manchester and like the demolished Northcliffe House, is a reminder of the American influence on Manchester. A glass office building is to be built on the site in front of us, part of the Spinningfields Development.
HOUSE seen from GMEX Metrolink Station, with the American flag of the Harley
Davidson showroom on Deansgate.
EWM says: It's fitting to see the American flag next to this most American-inspired of Manchester's office buildings. Sunlight House is reported to be haunted.
HOUSE, overlooking Parsonage Gardens, dates from the 1930's and like Sunlight
House and the now demolished Northcliffe House it is built in white stone.
Unlike those other two buildings its design is neo-classically influenced,
but still has a look of 1930's America, especially Chicago.
EWM says: Arkwright House is a magnificent piece of 1930's architecture which is superior in design to almost anything built today.
VIEWS OF ARKWRIGHT HOUSE built in the 1930's. It has recently been cleaned
and renovated - the sign advertises office space to let.
EWM says: It's fitting to portray Arkwright House in black and white, recalling the style and atmosphere of the decade in which it was built.
REAR FACADE OF ARKWRIGHT HOUSE is constructed in yellow bricks with plain
windows. The metal fire escapes again remind us of America.
EWM says: The rear or 'utility' facade of Arkwright House wasn't intended to be looked at, though I actually find it quite pleasing to the eye. With its plain and functional design it looks remarkably similar to the front facades of buildings under construction in Manchester at the moment. It's interesting that what was once only considered good enough for the rear facade is now the public face of contemporary architecture.
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