York Street

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Manchester, Parrs Bank (former), Spring Gardens

Spring Gardens is the centre of Manchester's financial quarter.

On the corner of York Streetis Charles Heathcote's superb former Parrs Bank of 1902. His usual bold Edwardian BaroqueGlossary Term, with Art NouveauGlossary Term motifs in the ironwork. All of red sandstone with an angle dome and corner entrance. The arched windows have paired DoricGlossary Term columns between, supporting nothing more than big scrolled brackets. The banking hall (now used as a pub/restaurant) is amongst the most opulent of any of the date surviving in Manchester, and for that matter, in London. First a foyer in mahogany with IonicGlossary Term columns framing the doors, then the sumptuous banking hall, with green marble walls and IonicGlossary Term columns. The ceilings are encrusted with richly moulded plasterwork, and some of the original stained glass survives in the windows.


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