J3474 : Former Riddel's warehouse, Belfast - September 2013

taken 11 years ago, near to Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Former Riddel's warehouse, Belfast - September 2013
Former Riddel's warehouse, Belfast - September 2013
The derelict former warehouse seen from the corner of Ann Street and Donegall Quay (Oxford Street on the Google map). Note added 23 September 2014: a media report suggests that the former Riddel's warehouse has been acquired by Hearth LinkExternal link for conversion to an art gallery. Published photographs show (to my surprise) that the building seems to be mainly intact internally and quite unlike anything else in Belfast.
Former Riddel's warehouse, Ann Street, Belfast

A disused former warehouse at 87-91 Ann Street, Belfast.
“An attached High Victorian four-storey seven-bay warehouse of c1865 in a terrace on Ann Street, designed by Thomas Jackson & Sons in polychrome brick fronting five stories of galleries supported on cast iron columns and beams, lit originally by a cast iron and glass roof” - part description on the NI Listed Buildings website.
Adjoining the police station, the property was acquired as a security measure and bricked-up. Externally it became an eyesore although recent photographs show the inside in a remarkable state of preservation and possibly (if not probably) unique in Belfast.
“One of the most remarkable survivals from industrial 19th century Belfast is the four-storey ironmongery warehouse built for John Riddel & Co in 1867 to the designs of Thomas Jackson. Behind its lively, polychromatic façade is a unique atrium with five stories of galleries supported by cast iron columns and heavy timber beams arranged round three sides of a glass-roofed courtyard” - Hearth Historic Buildings Trust website.
There is the following application (2 September 2019) for planning permission “LA04/2019/2134/LBC Masonry cleaning to principal (north) façade. Riddels warehouse 88-91 Ann Street Belfast”.
The photographs submitted by me appear as a matter of visual neutral record only. I have no connection with the building or any architectural pressure group.

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J3474, 4349 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Sunday, 8 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Sunday, 9 February, 2014
Geographical Context
Derelict, Disused  Construction, Development 
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Former (from Tags)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 343 743 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.9714N 5:55.3334W
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Irish: geotagged! J 343 743
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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Derelict Building  Development Site 

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