Jerome and Carlisle Buildings

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Liverpool, Victoria St., Jerome and, Carlisle Buildings.

Jerome Buildings, 1883, and Carlisle Buildings, 1885, were designed by John Clarke for the iron founder H. Rankin. They are identical above the ground floor and really form a single composition. Rankin's Union Foundry was closeGlossary Term by in Manchester Street, and it supplied some of the ironwork used in these and other neighbouring buildings. The facing materials are Red Ruabon brick (from North Wales) with red Runcorn stone dressingsGlossary Term (from Cheshire), a very popular combination in late 19th-century Liverpool. The style is GothicGlossary Term, and along with the neighbouring Abbey and CrownGlossary Term Buildings they make up a decorative and varied block. By contrast, the rear elevations of all four buildings are virtually identical with each other, and are of the warehouse type with loading bays. Multi-purpose commercial buildings - in this case combining showrooms, offices and storage space - were common in Liverpool at this date, and would be let out to a number of different tenants.



The precinct of a cathedral. Also (Scots) a courtyard or passage giving access to a number of buildings.


The upper part of an arch or vault.


The stone or brickwork worked to a finished face about an angle, opening, or other feature.


The style of the Middle Ages from the later 12th century to the Renaissance, with which it co-existed in certain forms into the 17th century. Characterized in its full development by the pointed arch, the rib-vault and an often skeletal masonry structure for churches, combined with large glazed windows. The term was originally associated with the concept of the barbarian Goths as assailants of classical civilization.