The Cultural Quarter, Leicester

Recently I visited the Cultural Quarter in Leicester.  Even though I grew up near this city and visited often, this is an area with which I’m not that familiar.  The things I do remember are the Moderne former Odeon cinema and the ‘flat-iron’ corner of The Exchange Building, with its original shop fronts.

The Exchange Building

The Exchange Building

In its heyday, this was an industrial area full of factories and warehouses, many of which, by the time of my childhood, were disused or even derelict.
On the corner of Rutland Street and Southampton Street is this stunning building which was designed by Edward Burgess and built between 1895-1898 for the Faire Brothers as an elastic web factory.
Alexandra House, corner of Southampton Street and Wimbeldon Street

Alexandra House, corner of Southampton Street and Wimbeldon Street

The facade is decorated with buff terracotta above a marble plinth.  The ironwork gate is very ornate …
Alexandra House, door details

Alexandra House, door details

… as are the grills over the windows.

Alexandra House, grill details

Alexandra House, grill details

And the sign for Southampton Street is also formed from terracotta.
Street sign, Alexandra House

Street sign, Alexandra House

Now walk down Southampton Street to the corner with Wimbledon Street and you will see Wimbledon House designed by William Jackson, circa 1870.  This redbrick and terracotta building was a cloth warehouse.
Wimbledon House

Wimbledon House

Return to Rutland Street.  Next to Curve theatre is the former leather warehouse for Pfister & Vogel, designed by Fosbrook and Bedingfield and built between 1922-1923.
Former Pfister & Vogel building, The Cultural Quarter, Leicester

Former Pfister & Vogel building, The Cultural Quarter, Leicester

This has another stunning entrance!
Former Pfister & Vogel building

Former Pfister & Vogel building

Next door is a collection of three buildings, which have over time housed a framework knitters’ workshop and warehouse, a leather workshop, an engravers’ and a modern hosiery factory.  It has been refurbished recently, and is now known as Makers’ Yard.  I shall be writing about this in my next post.

Makers' Yard, The Cultural Quarter, Leicester

Makers’ Yard, The Cultural Quarter, Leicester

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