Category Archives: manchester modernist icons

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William Temple Memorial Church, Wythenshawe

George Gaze Pace, 1963-5 – present day   George Gaze Pace is one of Britain’s finest post war church architects, and Manchester not has not one but two Pace churches. St Marks in Chadderton is a magnificent building but for

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William Temple Memorial Church, Wythenshawe

George Gaze Pace, 1963-5 – present day   George Gaze Pace is one of Britain’s finest post war church architects, and Manchester not has not one but two Pace churches. St Marks in Chadderton is a magnificent building but for

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Gateway House

Station Approach, Piccadilly Rail Station, Richard Seifert & Partners,1967-9 Entering the most difficult period of British architecture, with much of its output loathed by critics and public alike, we daringly present an undisputed icon of the 60’s for this month’s

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Gateway House

Station Approach, Piccadilly Rail Station, Richard Seifert & Partners,1967-9 Entering the most difficult period of British architecture, with much of its output loathed by critics and public alike, we daringly present an undisputed icon of the 60’s for this month’s

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Toast Rack / Hollings Building

Manchester University Hollings Campus, Wilmslow Rd, LC Howitt, 1958 – 60, Grade II listed The Toast Rack has to rank as Manchester’s most unusual and audacious building, far more in fact than the much touted Iconic gestures of the 90’s

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Toast Rack / Hollings Building

Manchester University Hollings Campus, Wilmslow Rd, LC Howitt, 1958 – 60, Grade II listed The Toast Rack has to rank as Manchester’s most unusual and audacious building, far more in fact than the much touted Iconic gestures of the 90’s

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Hollaway Wall

Anthony Hollaway, London Rd, UMIST Campus, 1968 – present Anthony Hollaway’s curious concrete ‘castle’ wall on London Rd next to the Mancunian Way was installed in 1968, designed as a ‘sound-buffer’ for the Engineering Pilot Plant building by Harry S

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Hollaway Wall

Anthony Hollaway, London Rd, UMIST Campus, 1968 – present Anthony Hollaway’s curious concrete ‘castle’ wall on London Rd next to the Mancunian Way was installed in 1968, designed as a ‘sound-buffer’ for the Engineering Pilot Plant building by Harry S

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The Minute Men / Three Abstract Sculptures

William Mitchell 1967, junction of Fredrick Road, Salford University Campus. If you think buildings get a bad enough press, try being a modernist public artwork! Commissioned for the forecourt of the Allerton Building to adorn the new Salford Technical College,

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The Minute Men / Three Abstract Sculptures

William Mitchell 1967, junction of Fredrick Road, Salford University Campus. If you think buildings get a bad enough press, try being a modernist public artwork! Commissioned for the forecourt of the Allerton Building to adorn the new Salford Technical College,

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Kendal Milne

Kendal Milne Dept Store, Deansgate, JS & JW Beaumont, 1938, Grade II listed. ‘Manchester has no more perfect example of a modern furnishings and textile emporium than that afforded by the great establishment of Messrs Kendal, Milne & Co,” wrote the Ladies

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Kendal Milne

Kendal Milne Dept Store, Deansgate, JS & JW Beaumont, 1938, Grade II listed. ‘Manchester has no more perfect example of a modern furnishings and textile emporium than that afforded by the great establishment of Messrs Kendal, Milne & Co,” wrote the Ladies

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Granada TV – a sign of the times..

what’s in a name? why did the recent disappearance of a rusty sign get so many knickers in a twist here in the mms office? surely there’s nothing too drastic about the removal of a redundant logo on the edge

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Granada TV – a sign of the times..

what’s in a name? why did the recent disappearance of a rusty sign get so many knickers in a twist here in the mms office? surely there’s nothing too drastic about the removal of a redundant logo on the edge

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Pall Mall Court, King St, Brett & Pollen, 1969

Pall Mall Court, King St, Brett & Pollen, 1969, Grade II listed in september’s feature of the month, we raised the thorny issue of brutalism and its overwhelming association with the mass social housing project of the post war era

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Pall Mall Court, King St, Brett & Pollen, 1969

Pall Mall Court, King St, Brett & Pollen, 1969, Grade II listed in september’s feature of the month, we raised the thorny issue of brutalism and its overwhelming association with the mass social housing project of the post war era

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manchester’s beautiful beton brutes…

District Bank/Nat west, 55 King Street, Casson, Condor & partners 1966-9 In september’s feature of the month, we raised the thorny issue of brutalism and its overwhelming association with the mass social housing project of the post war era – the two

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manchester’s beautiful beton brutes…

District Bank/Nat west, 55 King Street, Casson, Condor & partners 1966-9 In september’s feature of the month, we raised the thorny issue of brutalism and its overwhelming association with the mass social housing project of the post war era – the two

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Hidden Chapels 1 – Hulme Hall, JRG Seward, (of Cruickshank & Seward), 1968 – present

After december’s special investigations from Mr Rhead about the dastardly disappearance of notable public sculptures right under our very eyes, we decided to bring in the new year with the rediscovery of some hidden gems, right under our very noses!

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Hidden Chapels 1 – Hulme Hall, JRG Seward, (of Cruickshank & Seward), 1968 – present

After december’s special investigations from Mr Rhead about the dastardly disappearance of notable public sculptures right under our very eyes, we decided to bring in the new year with the rediscovery of some hidden gems, right under our very noses!