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Quiet Refuge  /

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In 1881 The Refuge Friend in Deed Life Assurance and Sick Friendly Society transformed into the altogether more manageably named Refuge Assurance Company.

Their remarkable building on Oxford Road was designed by the already proven Alfred Waterhouse and opened in 1895. By 1910 the company was so successful it saw fit to extend, awarding the contract to Paul Waterhouse, the son of Alfred.  

The second phase of construction would see the addition of the famous clock tower and also reveal familial rivalries as the young Waterhouse added extra height to his initial plans to keep pace with his father’s Town Hall tower, still visible from behind the Palace Hotel sign.

Reality Hack/Hidden Manchester for URBIS gallery by Andrew Brooks


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