I must have walked past this building at 10 Mosley Street, Manchester a hundred times without noticing it. But for some reason it attracted my eye last Saturday while I was walking from the City Art Gallery towards Piccadilly.
It’s a Grade II listed building, occupied today by LLoyds TSB. It was designed by 1836 by Richard Tattersall, for the long defunct Manchester and Salford Bank. Built from red sandstone (like many buildings in Manchester city centre) in a neo-Classical style, with a slate roof. The large windows were particularly noticeable. The stonework is relatively plain except for the architrave above the first and second floor windows. There’s a balcony and an interesting structure on the top floor –
two French style windows with columns on either side which project a good few feet above them, and surmounted with a cornice and triangular pediment. It wouldn’t be a good idea to walk through he French windows though. Anyone who did would plummet straight down to the pavement. So it’s a purely ornamental feature.