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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





City Centre Bi

Nos 93, 95 and 97

(Geoffrey Buildings)

SP 0686 NE 33/42 27.11.81



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