Arkwright House, Manchester

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Arkwright House
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Arkwright House, Manchester
General information
Status Grade II listed
Architectural style Neo-classical
Location Parsonage Gardens, Manchester city centre, Manchester, England.
Coordinates 53°28′56″N 2°14′56″W / 53.48229°N 2.24878°W / 53.48229; -2.24878Coordinates: 53°28′56″N 2°14′56″W / 53.48229°N 2.24878°W / 53.48229; -2.24878
Completed 1937 (1937)
Client English Sewing Cotton Company
Design and construction
Architect Harry S. Fairhurst

Arkwright House is a Grade-II listed building in Manchester, England. Designed by local architects, Harry S. Fairhurst, it was completed by 1937 for the English Sewing Cotton Company. Arkwright House is built in a neo-classical style with some art deco motifs which was widely-prominent during the 1930s.

Arkwright House was heavily damaged in the 1996 Manchester bombing and needed work to repair the building.[1] It is marked by it giant Corinthian order columns and the use of Portland stone as the exterior.[2] The building has been described as 'sinister' by one architecture critic, suggesting it shares some similarities with Nazi architecture where classical buildings were preferred.[3] Hartwell describes the front façade facing Parsonage Gardens as architecturally 'impressive'.[2]


  1. ^ "1992: Bomb explosions in Manchester". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  2. ^ a b Hartwell, Clare (2001). Pevsner Architectural Guide - Manchester. p. 245. 
  3. ^ "The Good, The Standard And The Ugly: Arkwright House". Manchester Confidential. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 

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