Methodist Central Hall - Dalton Street - scaffolding and billboard

This is the back of the Methodist Central Hall on Dalton Street, near James Watt Queensway.

 

It is a Grade II* listed building, and is made of terracotta. At 196 - 224 Corporation Street.

 

It is also listed as 1, 3 and 5 Ryder Street (now a pedestrianised cul-de-sac)

 

Built 1903 - 04 by E and J A Harper. Red brick and terracotta. Three storeys; 5 bays to the left, 7 to the right, of the tall slender tower. Ground floor with shops (nos 208, 214, 216 and 220 with their original shop fronts) and the deep arched entrance porch with excellent figure carving over and within it. To the left, couplets of depressed arched windows above tall canted bay windows; to the right, the main hall on the 1st floor represented by large round-arched traceried windows above small bow windows. Across the top a parapet and little polygonal turrets, their capping differing between left and right. The tower rises square and sheer almost to the top where its elaboration of detail matches that of the lower facades. The return on Ryder Street is similar and has more original shop fronts eg No 5 and especially No 3 on the corner.

 

Methodist Central Hall - 1, 3 and 5 Ryder Street and 196 - 224 Corporation Street - Heritage Gateway

 

This scaffolding has been up for years - they sometimes put big billboards up, then take them down and put this section back up.

 

As far I'm aware, nothing has been done to restore this building. Shot taken from James Watt Queensway (Aston University was behind me).

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Taken on February 12, 2011
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