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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1247391



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Manchester

District Type: Metropolitan Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 11-May-1972

Date of most recent amendment: 06-Jun-1994

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 456840

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SJ8497NW PRINCESS STREET 698-1/32/341 (North East side) 11/05/72 No.103 (Formerly Listed as: PRINCESS STREET (East side) No.103 Municipal High School of Commerce)


Mechanics' Institute, now museum. 1854, by J.E.Gregan; altered and internally remodelled. Red brick in Flemish bond with sandstone dressings (roof not visible). Irregular plan within a parallelogram, on an island site. Italian palazzo style. Three storeys with cellar and added attic, 7 bays, symmetrical; stone plinth, sill-bands to all floors, plain frieze, modillioned cornice, high pilastered parapet disguising added attic. Central round-headed doorway with moulded stone surround and very prominent cornice on consoles; tall 4-pane sashed windows to all floors, all with moulded architraves, those at ground floor with cornices, aprons, and raised sills on large brackets, and those at 1st floor with segmental pediments on consoles, and blind-balustraded aprons linked by a band. Left return wall has one bay in matching style, with a lettered plaque near the front corner, and then breaks forwards, the further portion having a large tripartite window on each floor, both with stone surrounds but the upper larger and with round-headed lights. History: the first Trades Union Congress was held in this building.

Listing NGR: SJ8422697827

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National Grid Reference: SJ 84226 97827


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