SCAS August 2023 newsletter

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Changing with the times – how many uses can a building have in its lifetime?

Our August newsletter featured 64 Clarendon Park Road which over its 131 year history has had fourteen separate uses. We may think that sustainability and repurposing of our environment is a modern concept, but this property shows that a design created in 1892 has proved as versatile and innovative in its uses as any modern building. Arguably, very few other places in the country have had such a varied life.

Designed by the great Arthur Wakerley as a public hall and Liberal Club, the building has an appealing facade and is typical of the what one critic has described as his “architectual merriment”. This characteristic can be seen in many of his other buildings in Leicester like the exotic, tiled masterpiece, the Turkey Cafe in Granby Street, or the pioneering Coronation Building in High Street.