86-90 DUKE STREET, LIVERPOOL
The building at 86-90 Duke Street, Liverpool, is a row of merchants’ terraced townhouses built from the 1770’s. However the council recently gave planning permission to demolish this building to build an office block. The building was also the Royal Mersey Yacht Club HQ from 1852 until 1862.
Dr Gavin Stamp, former 20th Century Society chairman and a prolific writer and broadcaster, said he despaired over Liverpool council’s attitude to its historic buildings.
“The Georgian houses and warehouses in Duke Street are important as they date from when Liverpool was rising to greatness. They are precious:, they should be preserved.”
Liverpool was granted World Heritage Site status in 2004 as a prime example of the maritime mercantile city, as it bears witness to development of one of the world’s major trading centres in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Dr Stamp said: “That’s precisely why these buildings in Duke Street should be preserved.
“They are the actual evidence for this. It’s very depressing. It’s as if Liverpool wants to lose World Heritage Site status.”
The picture to the left shows the proposed view of the new building. Will Liverpool lose yet another grand building to a faceless box?
We have not been able to enter the property to see the interior before the proposed demolition – but it begs the question “can we justify losing another fantastic building, that has survived World Wars, previous regeneration and now just for more ‘office space’?
Can we lose another historic building that provides us a glimpse of the greatness of our city and an insight in to our shipping and merchant past?
“Could we draw aside the thick veil that hides the future from us, we might perhaps behold our great seaport swelling into a metropolis, in size and importance, its suburbs creeping out to an undreamt-of distance from its centre; or we might, reversing the picture, behold Liverpool by some unthought-of calamity—some fatal, unforeseen mischance, some concatenation of calamities—dwindled down to its former insignificance: its docks shipless, its warehouses in ruins, its streets moss-grown, and in its decay like some bye-gone cities of the east, that once sent out their vessels laden with “cloth of blue, and red barbaric gold.” Under which of these two fates will Liverpool find its lot some centuries hence?—which of these two pictures will it then present?”
We believe that this building will be demolished in due course. However we have created this website to highlight the plight of our losing battle with Liverpool’s History. Buildings from the 1700’s should not be pulled down on a whim or demolished unless they are about to fall down – we don’t see Duke Street cordoned off until this building falls down.
Look at the beauty and the history of the façade, it has an original shop front built in to the building and how grand would this be as an entrance chamber to new offices that use this façade for the new building?
But there is hope - please find contact details on the following page to register your interest - while the building is still standing, we have a chance for jo public to save Liverpool's Heritage.
We have reproduced the 5 reports taken from the City Council website. These contain images of the inside of the building - and show the original tiled floor.
Will we replace this grand facade with a faceless box, as already seen next to the 3 Graces....