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Geoffrey Buildings, John Bright Street

Old buildings on John Bright Street in Birmingham. Was several theatre related lorries down here - possibly for Britain's Got Talent?

 

Had just walked down Lower Severn Street when I saw the Geoffrey Buildings.

 

Geoffrey Buildings of 1901-2, has plain elevations but an original Free Style corner feature, a two-storey canted bay topped by a curved balcony, and a smaller oriel-like bay in front of the shaped gable. Recent appalling sign.

  

From Pevsner Architectural Guides: Birmingham by Andy Foster.

 

On the shop level is hoardings for Sirius. Retail / Office Units To Let / For Sale.

 

Behind is The Mailbox.

   

It is Grade II listed.

 

Geoffrey Buildings, Birmingham

 

JOHN BRIGHT STREET

1.

5104

City Centre Bi

Nos 93, 95 and 97

(Geoffrey Buildings)

SP 0686 NE 33/42 27.11.81

II GV

2.

Includes No 5 Lower Severn Street. 1901. Brick and yellow terracotta; tile roof.

In a style similar to Nos 81 to 91 (odd) John Bright Street (qv) and no doubt by

the same architect. Three storeys plus attic; 3 bays plus the former entrance bay

on the corner. Ground floor with modern shop front incorporating the entrance.

First floor with 3 round-headed windows within terracotta panels with cornices.

Second floor with 3 couplets of arched windows. In the roof 2 flat-headed dormer

windows, one of 5 lights in the rhythm 2:1:2, the other of 2 lights. The corner

with a first floor inset canted bay window that reaches into the second floor and

is then 'bridged across' the corner to terminate in a single sentry-box like window

in front of a tall gable. The return on Lower Severn Street (where there is the

entrance to No 5 Lower Severn Street) generally similar to the facade but with first

floor windows with segmental arches within their moulded frames.

   

Listing NGR: SP0678286583

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Taken on January 28, 2011