Grand Central Hall

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This article is about a building in Liverpool. For similarly named buildings, see Central Hall. For the student halls of residence also in Liverpool, England, see Unite Grand Central.
Grand Central Hall
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Grand Central Hall viewed from Renshaw Street
General information
Location Liverpool, England
Completed 1905
Design and construction
Architect Bradshaw & Gass

Grand Central Hall is in 35 Renshaw Street, Liverpool, England. It is a former Methodist church that is now used as accommodation for many alternative shops of the type formerly based at Quiggins, Liverpool. The building is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[1]

History[edit]

Grand Central Hall was opened in 1905 as the Central Hall of the Liverpool Wesleyan Mission,[2] replacing Renshaw Street Unitarian Chapel.[citation needed] Built to an Art nouveau design by Bradshaw and Gass of Bolton,[2] the new building had a capacity of 3576 people,[citation needed] and was also used from its opening until at least 1944 as the New Century Picture Hall cinema.[3] From 1933 to 1939 the hall was the home of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra while the Philharmonic Hall was rebuilt following a fire.[4]

In 1990 the Methodists sold Central Hall. Major restoration work was undertaken in 1997/98 and from November 1998[citation needed] to around 2000 or 2001 the building became the Barcelona Bar and nightclub.[5]

Current use[edit]

After the closure of the Quiggins Centre on School Lane in 2006, a dozen of the 30 plus traders relocated to the Grand Central Hall whilst others moved on to and around Bold Street or dissolved themselves. In early 2007, Roscoe Hall on the first floor opened with many new and diverse shops. In October 2011 a performance area opened in the Domed area.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic England, "Methodist Central Hall (1072941)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 25 March 2015 
  2. ^ a b Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006). The Buildings of England - Lancashire: Liverpool and the south-west. Yale University Press. p. 285. 
  3. ^ Nerve 10 (Spring 2007) 'Grand Central Hall' by Lis Edgar Archived 2007-08-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Henley, Darren; McKernan, Vincent (2009). The Original Liverpool Sound: The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society. Liverpool University Press. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-84631-224-3. 
  5. ^ Grand Central Hall - History Archived 2007-10-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "News: Liverpool News". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 

Coordinates: 53°24′14″N 2°58′36″W / 53.4040°N 2.9767°W / 53.4040; -2.9767