Church House stood on the corner of Lord Street and South John Street (on the corner facing Debenhams). Built in the then fashionable Victorian Gothic, its red-brick and terracotta contrasted strongly with the Regency plasterwork which surrounded it according to Professor Charles Reilly. I have struggled to find more about when the building was erected and who was the architect. It has strong suggestions of Alfred Waterhouse, who was responsible for many of Liverpool’s best Gothic buildings including the Seamen’s Orphanage in Newsham Park, the North Western Hotel on Lime Street, the old Royal Infirmary and the Victoria Building (for the University). I am guessing it was built in the 1880s but, hopefully, someone can fill in the details. It was bombed in the War and replaced by an office block which, in turn was demolished to make way for Liverpool One. At least its replacement, a rather garish coffee bar, has a bit of character.

Church House, Lord Street c1900

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