Liverpool School for the Blind (Former) - UK

Anthony Minoprio & Hugh Spencely
Date Built
Hope Street & Hardman Street
This white Portland stone building on the corner of Hope Street and Hardman Street in Liverpool was once part of the city's School for the Blind.  The school's original building on Hardman Street had been erected in the 1890s.  This building is an extension that was added circa 1931.  It has a minumum of decoration although it does feature a row of small bas-relief sculptures, five on the Hardman Street front and one around the stepped corner facing on to Hope Street.  These sculptures were created by the painter/sculptor John Skeaping, the first husband of Barbara Hepworth.

In an article in the May 24, 2012 edition of the Liverpool Echo, Peter Elson reported that the founder and chief executive of the Hope Street Hotel,  Dave Brewitt, has bought the adjoining derelict listed building complex comprising the former Blind School, Trade Union & Unemployment Resource Centre and Flying Picket bar.  It was his plan to convert these buildings to create a £5m extension to his hotel.  It would include, "40 serviced apartment bedrooms, gastro-pub, bistro, chocolatiere and coffee shop, a restaurant which it is hoped can reach Michelin standard, a spa and offices."

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