Mike’s carpets, Armley, Leeds, Yorkshire, U.K.
Image by Eleventh Earl of Mar
I wanted to see what Griff’s pic would look like without all the ugly advertising hoardings, so I did a quick mash up in CS2.
At first i thought the building was an old church, but it seems more likely that it was either a temperance hall or even a synagogue.
So much of Leeds was built at the end of the 19th century that it has a continuous unified look. All that red brick and golden stone is very distinctive.
It turns out it’s a listed building. This is from www.imagesofengland.org.uk
LEEDS SE2733 STANNINGLEY ROAD, Armley 714-1/33/494 (South West side) Mike’s Carpets and attached railings II Chapel and school, now carpet saleroom. Dated 1905, converted late C20. By Charles Barker Howdill. Red brick and terracotta. T-plan with chapel entrance on corner, Sunday School range to rear. 2 storeys. Entrance front has single-storey flat-roofed porch with fluted columns in antis (obscured by shop hoarding), moulded surround, panelled double doors, flanking windows in architraves with cornice, eaves cornice, blocking course. Main gable behind has an elaborate Venetian window with fluted columns, radiating mullions, moulded architrave; flanking pilasters terminate in domed ventilation louvres, ramped walling, gable coping and at the apex an elaborate date panel with scrollwork, open segmental arch, obelisk finial. Side walls have similar style windows, some original glazing, ornate dated rainwater heads; recessed on left a round-arched doorway with keyblock, similar detailing to windows, shaped gable above. INTERIOR: the main hall has side aisles, cast-iron columns with Ionic-style capitals, dentilled ceiling cornices. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: front wall and railings with square piers, ramped scrolled railings, scrolled detailing to gates, some damaged. HISTORICAL NOTE: the architect became a partner in his father’s firm in 1893 and from 1889 was assistant architect to the Leeds School Board. He taught building construction at Leeds and Dewsbury Technical Schools 1886-1903 and at Batley and Huddersfield until his death in 1941. He also taught at Leeds School of Art and is thought to have been the first to use colour photography as an aid to a lecture on architecture. (Linstrum, D: West Yorkshire Architects and Architecture: 1978-: 378).