Cotton Exchange- Liverpool, UK

Huon Arthur Matear &  Frank Lewis Worthington Simon
Date Built
1904 - 1906
Old Hall Street and Edmund Street
Today, the Cotton Exchange Building is part of the Bruntwood offering of office space in Liverpool.  Bruntwood describe it as a stunning Grade II Listed historic office building.  As its name implies, it was originally a commercial exchange trading cotton and equipped with both telephone and telegraph links to the USA, Germany and India.

The original ornate facade disappeared in the late 1960s when the "modern" office block was built on the Old Hall Street end of the building.  The Liverpool Pevsner Guide describes the destruction of the original facade as, " ... an unforgivable act of vandalism.  It was a magnificent classical design with Baroque angle towers, the architectural embodiment of the cotton trade, central to Liverpool's prosperity.  Its replacement is a thoroughly unremarkable block of 1967 - 9 by Newton-Dawson, Forbes & Tate." The side along Edmund Street and the rear aspect on Bixteth Street are original.  Beneath the windows on  Edmund Street there are rows of decorative cast iron panels made by Macfarlane's of Glasgow.

Bruntwood say on their website that, "We have carefully restored the striking Terrazzo floor which has produced a spectacular, enticing walkway running throughout the ground floor and removed the suspended ceiling to reveal a vaulted ceiling with ornamental domes. The end result is an open and inviting new heart in one of the most historic buildings in Liverpool – an inspiring mix of classic design, yet perfectly suited to modern business."

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