Re: Re: Last tenants vacate York Street ahead of demolition
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they are fine handsome vernacular buildings and an example of how tenements where refashioned in the early part of the C20, there is nothing else around quite like them
That sums them up very well notjim. It is their Georgian revival nature, built well outside the parameters of the 1930s that we usually associate the ‘movement’ with that is interesting. The fact that the terrace even seems to retain a large amount of Georgian brickwork and some doorcases (the corbelled ones) makes it all the more quirky and worthy of note – though clearly not of retention in the eyes of the CC.
I passed the terrace only this morning wondering about its fate – there’s still lights on inside anyway.
The whole terrace could’ve been gutted of its grim, gloss paint-adorned institutional interior, and entirely new accomodation suitable to modern needs built if necessary.
The demolition just smacks of ‘cleansing’ the area, as if there’s still TB spores floating along the corridors and out onto the street.
And what’s the likelihood of these distinctive buildings of character and history being replaced with another pile of dross to match the Mercer Hotel across the road?