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|In his book"The Buildings of Grainger Town - Four Townscape Walks Around Newcastle". David Lovie describes Emerson Chambers as 'one best known and best loved buildings in Newcastle. It is all things that we dream a building should be - charming, witty and inventive'.|
Grade II* Listed and this is the listing text courtesy of The British Listed Building web site @ http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-304415-emerson-chambers-newcastle-upon-tyne
Description: Emerson Chambers
Date Listed: 30 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 304415
OS Grid Reference: NZ2482964466
OS Grid Coordinates: 424829, 564466
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9742, -1.6136
Location: 39 Northumberland Court, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 5AU
Locality: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Local Authority: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: Tyne And Wear
Postcode: NE1 5AU
NZ 2464 SE NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE BLACKETT STREET (north side)
20/111 Emerson Chambers
Shops and offices. Circa 1903 by Simpson, Lawson and Rayne.
Sandstone ashlar with dark granite plinth and doorcases; Welsh slate roof with copper domes.
Rich Art Nouveau/Baroque style. 5 storeys and attics; 3 wide bays and canted corner bays. Curved central section has double door between attached Jacobean Ionic columns with exaggerated entasis , side lights and fanlight with Art Nouveau glazing bars. Plainer Ionic cases to shop doors in corner bays; shops have slender pilasters, with long brackets to cornice, and top flowing glazing bars; that on right concealed by c.1970 fascia.
Upper floors have shallow canted oriels at varying heights; keystones, scrolled cornices, balustrades, strapwork and top garlanded frieze; corners have bracketed balconies and round, corbelled-out turrets. Ornate copper dome over left turret, 2-tiered with oriental finial; right clock dome in similar style. High central gable, shaped and scrolled, with 2 round-headed windows and oculus; intermediate square-headed dormers each have 2 diagonally-placed high pyramidal roofs with swept eaves; similar roofs to tiers of small lights in high hipped roof. 2 high, corniced ashlar chimneys.
Listing NGR: NZ2482964466
Benjamin Simpson was also the Architect for similar designs for Half Moon Chambers, I Moseley Street and the Melbourne Street Tramway Power House.