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Report - Telephone House, Manchester - February 2013

tweek

meek
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Telephone House, Manchester - February 2013

Visited with Gone

Met up with Gone recently and had a look around town. We did the rounds looking at everything we could think of with very little success... until eventually we found ourselves up here. Don't think I've seen this one done before but someone correct me if I'm wrong. It's a belting little roof.

History

From the 1850s, cotton warehouse blocks dominated the Portland Street area of town, with many fine examples such as the Watt's Warehouse (Brittania Hotel) still standing proud today. However, on the nights of the 22nd and 23rd of December 1940, the heaviest raid of the Manchester Blitz flattened these buildings when 441 Luftwaffe bombers appeared over Manchester...

Telephone House (55 Portland Street) was designed by E. Norman Bailey & Partners and built between 1959 and 1961. It was one of the first "curtained walled" modern buildings in the city. Below you can see it as it looked in the early 60's, sitting pretty in front of St Andrew's House (Portland Tower) built at a similar time...

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For a time, it was known as the CIS Building, not to be confused with the considerably taller CIS Tower on Miller Street. This building is only about 40m high with 13 floors. In 2006, wind turbines were fitted on the roof.

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tweek
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