modsocs A-Z of modern manchester

modsocs A-Z of modern manchester


an alphabet of 20th century greater manchester architecture, from the manchester modernist society. in regular instalments from aldine to zochonis.

L is for Lee House

LPosted by Eddy Rhead Fri, September 09, 2011 11:10:25
Lee House

P G Fairhurst for H S Fairhurst and Son

1928 - 31

Original designs show that at the time this could have been, at seventeen storeys, Europe's tallest building. Lack of money prevented the full scheme being completed.

P Garland Fairhurst, Harry's son, had travelled to the United States and had returned enthused by the skyscrapers he had seen and at the earliest opportunity had attempted to construct one of his own. Elevations in the Fairhurst archive show the 17 storey building (perspective drawing above) and the proportions of the building we see today make more sense with this knowledge in mind.

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