Fenwick Building (Leicester)
It was originally built as Joseph Johnson’s department store, and the shop girls had rooms in the top storey.
Today Fenwicks is part of a national chain of department stores. Among other departments, it contains a booking office for Saga Holidays.
Most of the store was built in 1880, but the most notable feature, the corner where there is a heavy wooden overhang, dates from 1884.
The architect was Isaac Barradale, a notable architect of Victorian Leicester. It was Barradale to whom Ernest Gimson, nationally-known architect and furniture maker, was articled.
The building on the other corner of Belvoir Street and Market Street was also designed by Barradale. It was built as a hotel.
Isaac Barradale is buried at Welford Road Cemetery.
Where is Fenwick Building?
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