“The Sons of Temperance” building gets a Grade II listing

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December 3, 2013 by Juha Repo

The Sons of Temperance building at 176 Blackfriars Road (adjacent to Helen Gladstone House) has just been given Listed Status at the Level of Grade II by English Heritage.

This gives the building some protection and recognises its historic importance. It was listed because it is of

Historic interest: the purpose-built headquarters of a large international temperance association and affiliation of friendly societies;

Architectural interest: an eye-catching piece of Edwardian street architecture that evokes the design of contemporary pubs and banks;

Signage and iconography: the building retains its original signage, stained glass and mosaic roundels, all loudly announcing the identity and character of the organisation for which it was built.

The case for listing was initiated and tirelessly pursued by local resident Anne Critchley, who commented:

‘I am thrilled. This is a Christmas present for me and for the whole local community’.

Read more on the English Heritage website

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