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Liverpool’s former homeopathic hospital listed

The Victorian Society welcomes news that English Heritage have listed the former Liverpool Hahnemann Hospital and Dispensary on Hope Street as a building of national significance.

Earlier this year, the Victorian Society joined local people fighting plans to extend and demolish part of the Victorian homeopathic hospital, built by F&G Holmes with money from Henry Tate, the Liverpool sugar magnate. Recognising the importance of the 1886 Queen Anne Revival building, which is notable for its early hydraulic lift and innovative heating and ventilation system, English Heritage listed the building at Grade II. Now campaigners hope the decision to list the former hospital should be enough to convince Liverpool City Council to ask the owners to rethink their conversion scheme.

‘This is excellent news,' said Alex Baldwin, Conservation Adviser of the Victorian Society. ‘The Hahnemann building is an attractive example of a homeopathic hospital built according to Victorian principles of hospital design. It is clearly very popular locally and has a lot to contribute to Liverpool's historic character.'

She continued: ‘With the right scheme, the Hahnemann building could make a very successful hotel. We hope that its new listed status encourages its owners to develop plans that will work with the building and preserve the features that mark it out as a building of national importance.'


Friday 7 March, 2008

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