Waldorf House, Manchester
Built as the first freemasons Lodge in Manchester in 1863, this beautifully detailed stone property is Grade II listed with richly decorated street elevations. Look out for the original masonic symbols hidden across the façade.
Originally designed by W. Mangnall it pre-dates the Bridge Street lodge by 70 years and has seen various uses throughout its life: converted to a hotel and restaurant when freemason membership outgrew its compact site, and used as a pub, night club and offices from the 1960s onwards.
Despite its many reincarnations and alterations, Waldorf House retained stunning internal features including decorative ceilings, plasterwork, and pilasters. We were blown away when we first entered the main hall and knew we had to retain that sense of awe within the conversion. A challenging site, within the setting of Manchester Town Hall and in a Conservation Area, we successfully achieved a change of use consent, and the interior is now revitalised with respect for original features firmly guiding our design approach.
Historic fabric has been carefully restored, major walls have been lime plastered again, and lath and plaster ceilings, including that of the former snooker room, have been repaired and reinstated.
The 24 new apartments create modern living accommodation within the historic setting, including two amazing duplexes within the main Masonic Hall which utilise a bespoke pod system to form bathroom and kitchen areas.
Creatively designed with glass details to flood spaces with light, and with clever design touches throughout, the result is the perfect mix of original character and crisp minimalism. We are proud to have delivered a scheme of outstanding homes within this listed building. The best of the old, and the best of the new - this is unique contemporary living in the very heart of the city.