Albion House, Liverpool

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Albion House
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Albion House, Liverpool is located in Liverpool
Albion House, Liverpool
Location in Liverpool
General information
Type Office Building
Location Liverpool, England
Coordinates 53°24′17″N 2°59′33″W / 53.4046°N 2.9925°W / 53.4046; -2.9925
Construction started 1896
Completed 1898
Design and construction
Architect Richard Norman Shaw
J. Francis Doyle

Albion House (also known as "30 James Street" or the White Star Building) is a Grade II* listed building located in Liverpool, England. It was constructed between 1896 and 1898 and is positioned on the corner of James Street and The Strand across from the Pier Head.

History[edit]

Designed by architects Richard Norman Shaw and J. Francis Doyle, it was built for the Ismay, Imrie and Company shipping company, which later became the White Star Line. After White Star merged with Royal Mail Line the headquarters remained at Albion House until 1934 at which time the British Government forced the merger of Cunard Line and White Star Line. The building is situated on the corner of The Strand and James Street. The facade is constructed from white Portland stone and red brick. In 1912, when news of the disaster of the Titanic reached the offices, the officials were too afraid to leave the building, and instead read the names of the deceased from the balcony. During World War II, the gable was damaged and was later rebuilt in the late 1940s.[citation needed]

After many years being vacant, in 2014 the building was converted into a Titanic-themed hotel known as 30 James Street.[1]

Architecture[edit]

The design closely follows the architect's earlier work of 1887, the former New Scotland Yard building in London. In the 1980s the Offices in Albion House were noted for their exquisite Office desks of fine wood. The entrance to the building at James Street has a fine mosaic of South America set into the floor, also near the James Street entrance inside Albion House was a wooden war memorial listing the members of staff who "Gave their lives for their country" in the 1914-18 War.[citation needed]

Albion House is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.[2]

See also[edit]

Architecture of Liverpool

References[edit]

  1. ^ Home, 30 James Street, retrieved 14 September 2014 
  2. ^ English Heritage, "Albion House, Liverpool (1207759)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 14 September 2014. 

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