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NORTH ST. ARCADE (1-34 NORTH ST. ARCADE, 26-30 DONEGALL ST.,35-37 NORTH ST.)  
BELFAST
Andrew McClelland 27/04/2004 00:00:00

HB Ref No:
HB26/50/199

Address
NORTH ST. ARCADE (1-34 NORTH ST. ARCADE, 26-30 DONEGALL ST.,35-37 NORTH ST.) BELFAST

Townland:

Status:
Currently at Risk

Listing Grade:
B1



BARNI Number:
BARNI 26/50/016

Conservation Area:
Yes

Condition:
Ruinous Grade 1

Industrial Archeology:

Occupancy:
Vacant

Vernacular:

Degree of Risk:
Critical

Thatched:
No

Availability:
Leasehold

Monument:

Current Building Use:
Shop

Derelict:



Description

Built in 1936 by Cowser & Smyth and described by Larmour as being “…not too jazzy in appearance but moderne all the same”, the North Street Arcade suffered extensive fire damage in April 2004. Created on the site of a former linen warehouse by W.H. Lynn, the arcade bends through 90 degrees and has a domed, circular space at the angle, much of which was destroyed in the blaze. Once housing an eclectic mix of specialist and unusual shops, the possibility of replication – based on the original drawings – is being explored by the owners. However, the future of both this building and the wider conservation area will remain uncertain until a Department for Social Development backed master planning process has been completed. Refs: Larmour, P., Belfast: An Illustrated Architectural Guide, Friar’s Bush Press, 1987, p. 92 Patton, M., Central Belfast, UAHS, 1993, p. 246