Alfred Waterhouse

Alfred Waterhouse was born in 1830 in Aigburth in Liverpool.  His father was a wealthy Quaker mill owner.  His brother Edwin was a co-founder of the accountancy firm Price-Waterhouse.  Alfred was educated at a Quaker school in London before studying architecture under another Manchester Architect Richard Lane.  After travelling throughout Europe as a young man, Alfred founded his own architectural practice in Manchester.  He worked in Manchester for 12 years before moving to London where he was responsible for the spectacular Natural History Museum (below).


Waterhouse's Manchester Buildings

Assize Courts, Strangeways, 1859 - 1864

The building was badly damaged during the WWII bombing and demolished in the 1950s.


Manchester Town Hall,
Albert Square - 1867 - 1877


Prudential Insurance, King Street - 1881


Old Manchester Grammar School, Long Millgate - 1870

Now part of Chetham's School.


Owen's College, University of Manchester, Oxford Road - 1870


The Refuge Assurance Building, Oxford Street - 1890 - 1910 - now the Palace Hotel


Strangeways Prison, Southall Street, Strangways - 1866 - 1868


Commercial Buildings, 60 Spring Gardens - 1882